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The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops and Staff and Making a Profit

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Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What's required is farming smarter, not harder.In The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. From his twenty-seven years of experience at Cate Farm in Verm ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 9th 2009 by Chelsea Green Publishing Co (first published 2009)
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Eric
As someone who has really struggled, and still is struggling, to learn the impossible business of making a business out of a small start-up farm, I'll say that this book has been incredibly helpful. There are a number of useful worksheets in addition to clear explanations about various aspects of the financials and practicalities of starting up a farm business. I appreciate his emphasis on learning how to be efficient and the importance of prioritizing tasks - two things desperately needed as a ...more
Levi
Though "complete" might be a bit of a stretch, it does have a lot of very helpful planning and record keeping tips for the inexperienced (like myself). The worksheets included on the CD especially seem like they will be helpful.
Brigid
I read the newer edition which comes with a cd rom containing many different spreadsheets for helping with organizing everything on the farm. The writing style is plain, with good sense and bit of humor. I highly reccomned this book to anyone who is looking into farming as a career or is already farming. The author has some great thoughts on changing the readers way of thinking about farming.
Jonathan
Richard Wiswall has written an incredible, readable book about the business aspect of a small farm. He focuses mostly on how to create enterprise budgets for each crop and so determine their profitability, but he ranges from record keeping to production efficiencies. This is an easy-to-read, indispensable book that will help you figure out how to increase net profits on a small farm.
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Dec 24, 2009 Alida rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Very useful, well-written, simple and easy to understand, and great information!
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Very useful book - more so than most others of this type that I've read.
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full of great info. and tips. Great reference source!
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Richard Wiswall started Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont, where he has farmed since 1981. Known for his work on farm profitability and appropriate business tools, Wiswall consults with other farmers, and writes and speaks frequently on organic-farm business issues. To learn more about Wiswall and Cate Farm, visit www.catefarm.com."
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