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WATCH: Richard Wiswall on farming for profit

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 Staff—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.


Ask the Expert: Andrew Mefferd

Before writing The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture, Andrew Mefferd spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. Andrew has graciously agreed to offer up his expertise to our […] Read More

Top 10 favorite goat facts (with gifs)

New this month from author Gianaclis Caldwell, Holistic Goat Care is the essential resource on caring for your herd. Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter […] Read More

New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More
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