Our Story

OUR STORY

Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) was founded by a group of farmers and farm advocates in 1999 to help protect farmland. The best strategy to keep land affordable is to permanently protect it through an agricultural easement, so that the land will be forever available at its value as farmland, not as potential development. MFT is the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting farmland, and is a national leader in farmland protection and farmland access work. Since its founding, MFT has expanded its program areas to not only protect Maine farmland, but increase farm viability by helping farmers thrive, and raising public awareness about the important role farms play in our communities.