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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—Ela Chapin, Program Director, Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program
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—Ed Martsolf, Petit Jean Farm
"Many people become organic farmers because they love growing crops and working the land, but truth be told that's often the easy part. Richard Wiswall's book provides practical, real-world guidance for dealing with the hard part: the business of farming."
—Vern Grubinger, Vegetable and Berry Specialist, University of Vermont Extension
"Here is a call to 'wake up and smell the pencil shavings!'--that a sharp pencil (and the ability to use it) is an essential tool for every farmer's toolbox. Farmers old and new will find great practical benefit from Wiswall's book."
—Andrew Brait, Full Belly Farm, Guinda, CA
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—Mark Wheeler, Pacific Botanicals LLC, Grants Pass, OR
"What a breath of fresh air! Richard Wiswall challenges the conventional notion that there's no real money in farming. He argues that farmers should be well-compensated, and then he shows how to make that happen. Every farmer--organic or not, beginner or experienced--should read this book."
—Lynn Byczynski, editor and publisher of Growing for Market, a journal of news and ideas for local food producers