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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
Potato crop rotation research in Presque Isle points to peas
Bangor Daily News - 2/6/2017.
By Anthony Brino - Jake Dyer, an organic grain farmer from Benedicta, has been researching alternative crops with the Maine Potato Board as potato growers are looking to improve their soil and find a third viable crop to add to potatoes and grains in their field rotation cycle.
The disappearance of Maine’s rusty patched bumblebee
Portland Press Herald - 2/5/2017.
By Mary Pols - University of Maine professor Frank Drummond is the last known person to hold a Maine-born rusty patched bumblebee, although his memories of the occasion are foggy, frustratingly so; no scientist wants to be imprecise. He knows it was 2009, because his student workers were engaged in a typical few days of specimen collecting in Stockton Springs, just north of Searsport, that summer.
Is America's most common pesticide responsible for killing our bees?
The Guardian [UK] - 2/5/2017.
By Alison Moodie - The most widely used class of insecticides in the world is facing a slow death. Called neonicotinoids, or neonics, these bug killers have long been used to coat seeds or treat millions of acres of farmland in the US. Research showing that they sicken or kill bees and other pollinators has already prompted the European Union to temporary ban several varieties of the insecticides, and now neonics could lose their grip in North America, too.
UMaine scientist Eric Venturini encourages growth of life-sustaining bees
Portland Press Herald - 2/5/2017.
By Mary Pols - Eric Venturini is an assistant research scientist at the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology, pursuing his love of sustainable agriculture through research into bees and collaborations with farmers. We encountered him while Source was trying to track down the most recent specimen of rusty patched bumblebee in the Maine State Museum archives.
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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

March 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees


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