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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
Back to their roots
The Daily - 7/30/2012.
By Chavie Lieber – They see themselves as innovators, much like their 20-something contemporaries who have flocked to Silicon Valley to change the world. But this group is venturing to a different field — literally. Enthusiasm for agriculture is surging among a new generation of younger people who are choosing careers tending to the land.
Nothing small about it: microloans give new farmers a needed boost
Grist - 7/30/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – Nelida Martinez started selling vegetables from her community garden to help pay for her son’s treatment for leukemia, and then got hooked up with Viva Farms, a farm incubator program in Washington state’s Skagit Valley that helped her access land she could farm as if it were her own.
Chronic drought will become new normal across parts of US
Treehugger - 7/30/2012.
Mat McDermott – Scientists writing in Nature Geoscience have made a rather grim forecast for the coming century: The chronic drought conditions that hit the western US from 2000-2004, the strongest in 800 years, will become normal conditions.
Study: Will better feed for cows yield healthier milk?
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/30/2012.
Jennifer Mitchell – A new study, funded by the federal government, is looking at the connection between what cows eat and the quality of milk they produce. With rising concerns over heart disease and high cholesterol, some members of the dairy industry are looking to the $3 million USDA study to help farmers make a healthier form of milkfat.
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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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