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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Physical Address:
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
Wiscasset farm to celebrate apple harvest
Portland Press Herald - 9/30/2009.
By Deborah Sayer – Morris Farm, a nonprofit agricultural education operation in Wiscasset, will celebrate apple harvest season Saturday by offering free cider-making and apple identification opportunities to the public. Community members are invited to bring in their own apples and containers to make homemade cider using the farm's old-fashioned, hand-cranked wooden apple press and learn about the origins of apples growing in their backyard.
One tasty partnership
Portland Press Herald - 9/30/2009.
By Meredith Goad – East Waterboro: Rich Boucher and Diane Knight of Alfred have become regulars at Raven Hill Orchard and Farm ever since they discovered its from-scratch baked goods last fall and began hanging out in the farm's cozy loft while sipping fresh-roasted coffee and playing board games for hours. On Sunday night, at a New England game dinner attended by 26 people, the couple raved about a brunch they'd had recently at the orchard.
Business is vine and dandy
Bangor Daily News - 9/30/2009.
By Christopher Cousins – Madison: A single greenhouse that covers 24 acres is so huge that it’s hard to fathom, but for Backyard Farms of Madison, it wasn’t big enough by a long shot.
Common Ground Country Fair draws quite a crowd
Village Soup - 9/29/2009.
By Holly S. Anderson – Unity: This year's Common Ground Country Fair weekend has come and gone, and for those who headed out early, the weather made for a fine time – at least during the first two days. Despite Sunday's drizzly weather, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association reported Sept. 28 that 52,000 people flocked to the fair over the weekend, marking the third-highest attendance since the fair relocated to its permanent home in Unity.
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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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