Richard Wiswall spent his junior year at Middlebury College abroad, with a family of subsistence farmers in Nepal. Inspired by this and the writings of Wendell Berry, he returned to Vermont and started a business growing organic veggies. “Plenty of information on production techniques in farming…but there’s a decided dearth of information for how to run a business.”
“My goal is to see more happy, prosperous farmers,” says Richard Wiswall in this video introducing The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook; A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staffâ€”and Making a Profit. Wiswall began farming with an eye towards making ends meet when he took out a loan to finance his startup. He had to convince the bank that his business plan would work. Years later, his book is helping small farmers make their enterprises more viable and sustainable.
And check out the book here (remember, it’s on sale through the month of June!).
Watch the extended video here.