Farming Smarter, Not Harder: Good Business Practices are Essential to a Farm's Success

Richard Wiswall, author of The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook

Farming offers fundamental satisfaction from producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. But unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming; because of this, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustrating- and often avoidable- losses. Richard will share his story of how he came to tackle the fear of the business side of farming, and share how it can be very rewarding.

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, 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.