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MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. See our Calendar for events hosted by other organizations.

Advanced Business Planning with Richard Wiswall

Richard Wiswall

Richard Wiswall

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall

 

Aerial photo of Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont
 

February 24, 2019
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
Unity, Maine

$100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm.

Registration opening soon

Find out your farm’s profit centers- which parts of your farm make the most money and which may actually lose money. Learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management, and financial tips for success. Set aside the day to finally work on these, and other important farm business concerns.

The workshop will address:

  • Planning for Profit: a step by step guide to increase your net profit
  • Making a Profit on YOUR farm: what is making money and what isn’t
  • Your marketing strategies
  • The Efficient Farm Office: humorous skits and demos outline best practices
  • Key farm financial statements: what they are, why they are important, and how they relate to each other
  • Employee management
  • Quick business fixes

The all day workshop will be part lecture, part group work sessions and part demonstration. The target audience is any farmer (beginner to experienced, young or old) who feels the need to sharpen their pencil and focus a little more on the business side of farming.

Richard Wiswall is owner/operator of Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont, where he has been farming organically for over 35 years. Known for his work on farm profitability and appropriate business tools, he has consulted with over 90 farmers in New England and beyond, helping them increase profitability and meet their long term goals. Richard is author of The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook- A Complete guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff – and Making a Profit, and gives workshops frequently on the subject of farm business. To learn more about Richard and Cate Farm, visit www.catefarm.com and www.richardwiswall.com.

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

Resources

Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Maine Small Business Development Centers

 

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