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February News

   February is the shortest month, and it feels like it is flying by. Days are getting longer, and the sunlight noticeably stronger. Our first seedlings are growing well, under lights in our heated shop. Always exciting to see the first green shoots of the year. Richard returned from a vegetable conference in northern Michigan in late January, and picked up some useful ideas. One is a germination chamber for better seed germination, made from a broken chest freezer. Flint is almost finished building it, and will be in use this week.  Spring is not that far off……

    The last of the stored fresh burdock roots has been washed and shipped; we still have plenty of dried burdock root in stock, click on the Burdock Root page at left.

Other news: Cate Farm has once again been awarded a Food Safety Certificate from CAPSVT.org. Visit the CAPS website to see Cate Farm’s Food Safety Plan and other related information. Richard also completed a two day workshop as required by the new FSMA law (Food Safety and Modernization Act).

More News: We no longer sell dandelion, try our friends at zackwoodsherbs.com.    Also, Richard and Sally have  stopped vending at the Montpelier’s Farmers Market after attending for 25 years. We still sell wholesale, as well as retail at our Seedling Sales in May. Daughter Kuenzi Wiswall has started a new cut flower business call The First Bird – visit her website at thefirstbirdflowers.com. Son Peter Colman’s business is thriving,  check out vermontsalumi.com.

And for information on Richard’s workshops and consulting services on farm business management, visit richardwiswall.com.

Cate Farm is a family owned and operated organic farm in Central Vermont. Sally Colman, Richard Wiswall and family cultivate 22 acres and seven 100-foot long greenhouses of organic vegetables, medicinal herbs, and flowers. Everything we sell is certified organic and always our own.

We market our fresh produce to co-ops, restaurants, and stores in Central Vermont. In addition, Cate Farm is a long time member of Deep Root Organic Grower’s Co-op, which markets our produce to stores in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC areas.

In the 1790’s Suzanna and Enoch Cate settled what is now known as the Cate Farm. Their descendants owned the farm until 1901. After that, it was bought and sold a number of times, but continued as a dairy or sheep farm. In 1964, Goddard College purchased Cate Farm and used it for faculty residence. Additionally, Bread and Puppet Theater was housed on the farm in the early 1970’s. We bought the farm in 1981 and have been growing organic vegetables and herbs since then.


Check Out Richard Wiswall’s New book!
The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook
A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff- and Making a Profit