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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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Richard Wiswall

Advanced Business Planning with Richard Wiswall
February 26 and 27, 2017
Sunday, 9:30-4:00
Monday, 9:30-12:00
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
$100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. Lunch is included.

This one-and-a-half day workshop is designed to help both established and beginning farmers and is best suited for those with at least one year of farm production data or similar experience. The aims of the workshop are to plan for profit, examine YOUR farm enterprises, better understand financial statements and to learn about creating production and recordkeeping efficiencies. Attendees should come prepared with their farm's financials from the most recent season including your crop plan, income, expenses and sales figures as well as calculator and or computer.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Planning for Profit
  • Making a Profit on YOUR farm
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Recordkeeping Strategies
  • Creating Production Efficiencies

Instructor Richard Wiswall is the owner/operator of Cate Farm in Vermont and author of "The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook."

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
New climate prediction: ‘Weird’, getting weirder
Portland Press Herald - 11/2/2011.
By Seth Borenstein (AP) – For a world already weary of weather catastrophes, the latest warning from top climate scientists paints a grim future: more floods, more heat waves, more droughts, and greater costs to deal with them. A draft summary of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press says the extremes caused by global warming could eventually grow so severe that some locations become “increasingly marginal as places to live.”
Sharp, careful eye brings Maine mushrooms from forest to table
Portland Press Herald - 11/2/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – On a crisp morning at the end of October, chef David Ross and I step off a dirt road in Kennebunk and head into a forest dominated by pines and smaller hardwood. Our objective: To track down a few chanterelles and any other wild mushrooms we can find this late in the season. This trip will mark one of the last of the year for Ross, who is an avid mushroom forager and the owner of 50 Local in Kennebunk.
The myth of the self-made yeoman
The Contrary Farmer - 11/2/2011.
By Gene Logsdon – No figure is more endearing and enduring in agriculture than the lonely plowman out there on the horizon who raises himself by his own bootstraps to financial success. Only problem is, there is no occupation more dependent on the cooperation of society and nature to achieve success than farming.
Cape Elizabeth group connecting farmers with farmland
Keep Me Current - 11/2/2011.
By Duke Harrington – Cape Elizabeth: Farming, says Cape Elizabeth's Penny Jordan, does not stop cold with the first frost. It continues year-round. Still, things aren't quite so hectic as in the spring planting and fall harvest seasons and so, this winter Jordan will use the down time at her Wells Road farm to log time as a consultant for Land For Good, a Keene, N.H., nonprofit that seeks to connect young, beginning farmers with older tracts of land.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 26-27 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall

March 4 - Spring Growth Conference

March 5 - MOFGA/Farmer Appreciation Dinner at Solo Italiano, Portland

March 11 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 17 - Controlling Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats FAMACHA Certification Workshop

March 18 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Annual Grazing Conference

March 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

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