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ISBN: 9781603581424
Year Added to Catalog: 2009
Book Format: Paperback with CD-ROM
Book Art: Photos, charts, & graphs
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Number of Pages: 200
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: September 30, 2009
Web Product ID: 473

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The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook

A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff—and Making a Profit

by Richard Wiswall

"How could anyone hope to produce a business guidebook useful to one of the most diverse, independent, even contrary groups of people on earth? This essential book is overdue! While the principles have been around for some time, this is the first they have been assimilated and tested so successfully."

Ed Martsolf, Petit Jean Farm

Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder.

In The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. From his twenty-seven years of experience at Cate Farm in Vermont, Wiswall knows firsthand the joys of starting and operating an organic farm—as well as the challenges of making a living from one. Farming offers fundamental satisfaction from producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. But, unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming; because of this, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustrating—and often avoidable—losses.

In this comprehensive business kit, Wiswall covers:

  • Step-by-step procedures to make your crop production more efficient
  • Advice on managing employees, farm operations, and office systems
  • Novel marketing strategies
  • What to do with your profits: business spending, investing, and planning for retirement

A companion CD offers valuable business tools, including easy-to-use spreadsheets for projecting cash flow, a payroll calculator, comprehensive crop budgets for forty different crops, and tax planners.


About the Author

Richard Wiswall

Richard Wiswall started Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont, where he has farmed since 1981. Known for his work on farm profitability and appropriate business tools, Wiswall consults with other farmers, and writes and speaks frequently on organic-farm business issues. To learn more about Wiswall and Cate Farm, visit www.catefarm.com.

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Richard Wiswall's Upcoming Events

  • Richard Wiswall at Young Farmers Conference
    Stone Barns Center , Pocantico Hills NY
    December 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
  • Richard Wiswall at Young Farmers Network
    Young Farmers Network, Providence RI
    December 6, 2014, 12:00 pm
  • Richard Wiswall at MOFGA
    MOFGA, Unity ME
    February 1, 2015, 12:00 pm

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