The growth of Maine’s local food economy depends on vibrant farms.
We deliver a range of programs and services intended to improve the long-term viability of agriculture in Maine. We work directly with farmers of all experience levels as they develop markets and grow successful businesses. And we support the expansion of new markets that connect more Mainers with Maine-grown food.
Individualized Farm Business Planning
Working one-on-one, or with a team of specialists, we can help you improve your financial and market resilience, consider new products or markets, explore collaborations with other farmers, and respond to farm business challenges. Learn More.
Workshops & Technical Assistance
If you are a farmer interested in selling (or selling more) to institutions, distributors, food hubs, or other wholesale markets, we provide high-level training and ongoing, substantive technical assistance to a group of 20 to 30 farms each year through our Farming for Wholesale program. Learn More.
Farm Crowdfunding Campaign Promotion
Maine farms often operate on the financial edge. If disaster strikes your farm and you want to set up a crowdfunding campaign, we may be able to help spread the word. Learn More.
Farm Fresh Rewards
Whether you are a farmer, a retailer, or a SNAP shopper, this program could benefit you. Farm Fresh Rewards enables low-income shoppers to bring home more locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating stores. The wins are three-fold: low-income shoppers access more healthy food; Maine farmers gain new customers; and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Learn More.
Veggies For All
We operate Veggies For All, a “food bank farm” that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need. To date, over 155,000 pounds of high quality, nutritious food has been distributed through 9 partner food pantries. Learn More.
Blue Hill Peninsula Community Food Grants
Are you in a position to develop or expand a compelling food-related project on the Blue Hill Peninsula? Each year, MFT awards grant funds for projects that promise to increase food sustainability and improve the health and well-being of Blue Hill Peninsula residents. Learn More.
Contact us if you are…
A farmer interested in business planning assistance or help “scaling up” to reach wholesale markets.
A food retailer or farmers market that wants to do more to help SNAP recipients access local food.
An organization or community considering ways to create new markets for farmers through aggregating products, processing, or other methods.
Let's grow a bright future for farming in Maine, together.
Our work in Farm Viability must keep pace with the renewed interest in local farming, and the growing involvement of young farmers, if we are to retain and build new markets and get more Maine food onto more Maine plates. If you are not already an MFT member, please join today. If you are already a member, please consider a gift to support these critical and highly innovative Farm Viability programs.