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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
Bates student gives up potential career as doctor to become family’s eighth generation of farmers
Bangor Daily News - 6/17/2012.

By Kathryn Skelton – Poland: Tomi Chipman was sitting in an anthropology class at Bates College in Lewiston, on a premed track, and realized she would rather be out in the field with her dad. By last fall, she had made up her mind. When she graduates, Chipman wants to be a farmer.

Maine gardener: months into gardening season, and still plenty to plant
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/17/2012.

By Tom Atwell – This has been a strange year for gardening – ahead of schedule and behind at the same time. We planted our first round of peas in late March, earlier than ever before, and they are doing well. There are a few tiny, unfilled pods and lots of blossoms.

Farmers, gardeners learn new skills at Farm and Homestead Day in Unity
Bangor Daily News - 6/17/2012.
By Heather Steeves – Unity: When Richard Scott scythes a field, his hips rotate and his arms wave the curved blade gently through the grass, which slumps over instantly. When Jericho Bicknell, of Dover-Foxcroft, scythed the same grassy area on Saturday morning, such was not the case.
The buzz on the bees
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/17/2012.
By Deirdre Fleming – Arundel: Kirstan Watson enjoyed having dozens of honeybees buzzing around her as she inspected one of her three hives. At the other two stacked boxes, there were few bees in the air. But at the one healthy hive, Watson was like an air traffic controller at a busy airport.
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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

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