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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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

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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
The way we farm now: fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops
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As Congress hustles to pass the next food and farm bill, there’s been a lot of discussion about how little government support goes to fruit and vegetable farmers compared to the Big Five commodity crops (wheat, corn, soy, rice, and cotton).
An organic advocate for the family farm
UNH Sustainable Stories - 5/23/2012.
By Julia Miller – Bridgewater: Eight hours north of Boston, in the rural expanse of northern Maine, lives the man behind a lawsuit that aims to reverse a 30-year-old Supreme Court decision that allowed a corporate agricultural giant to patent its seeds of life. Jim Gerritsen lives down a long dirt road in Bridgewater, heart of a region once known as the “Potato Empire.” Now, after decades of consolidation in American agriculture, Gerritsen and others like him say they are fighting for what once was so common in Aroostook County, and much of America: the family farm.
Merchants to start Hampden Farmer’s Market
Bangor Daily News - 5/23/2012.
By Andrew Neff – Hampden: Michelle Byram and other members of the new Hampden Farmer’s Market didn’t intend to be the latest vendors to attempt reviving a traditional farmers’ market in Hampden, but they’ve grown to like the idea.
UN chief: ocean’s biodiversity must be protected
Common Dreams - 5/23/2012.
Speaking on the International World Biodiversity Day, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday warned that over-consumption and rampant pollution was threatening the world's ocean and marine biodiverity. "Despite its importance, marine biodiversity has not fared well at human hands," he said in a prepared statement.
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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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