Market Development

New forms of infrastructure and consumer outreach are needed to grow demand for local food and to expand markets for Maine farmers.

Are you part of an organization thinking about creating your own food hub? Or a local official exploring what your community could do to support the farmers in your area by creating new infrastructure?  We provide guidance and technical assistance to entrepreneurial organizations and communities exploring new ventures to grow our local food system.

SOME RECENT PROJECTS

Bangor Region Food Hub

A consortium of six organizations and municipal entities led by the Orono Economic Development Corporation engaged MFT to conduct research about the viability, feasibility, and sustainability of a food hub in the Bangor area to serve wholesale markets. To find out more about this project, visit the website. For more information about how MFT can support your food hub efforts, contact us!

Maine Food For UMaine

The Maine Food for UMaine project aims to assist the Maine farmers in building profitable, consistent markets, and increase access healthful local foods by working with the University of Maine system to develop opportunities for local farmers as part of UMaine’s next food service contract. MFT was part of the steering committee for this initiative, alongside Farm to Institution New England, Real Food Challenge, and Environment Maine.

Blue Hill Peninsula Community Food Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Blue Hill Peninsula residents are encouraged to apply for a community food grant program. Maine Farmland Trust is…

Broadband Hearings on Thursday

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John Piotti talks about farming innovations on MPBN

From Maine Public Broadcasting Network, July 28, 2014 Farming in Maine has been rebounding. That’s, in part, because…

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