Farming for Wholesale

Workshops & Technical Assistance

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE

Farming for Wholesale offers ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops for farmers. 

Choose from one of two “tracks”, depending on your experience level and farm business goals:

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 101

This track is for experienced farmers who want to start or expand into wholesale markets.

Participating farmers will join business and farming experts from around the state to examine wholesaling from many different angles.  During the workshops, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.
  • Learn how to keep and read financial records so that they are useful to you.
  • Create and evaluate different financial scenarios for your farm business.
  • Meet some of the wholesale buyers in the state.
  • Make contact with potential distribution networks.

In addition, farms will receive technical assistance tailored to your farm.

When: Saturday, January 6 AND Sunday, January 7, 9 am – 4 pm

Where: FARMS community space, upstairs from Rising Tide Community Market, 323 Main Street, Damariscotta

Cost: $500.  Upon completion of the session and your successful participation in technical assistance, farms will be awarded $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Registration for the 2018 program has ended. Please stay tuned for other opportunities!
Please direct questions to alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

FARMING FOR WHOLESALE 201

This track is for experienced farmers who currently serve wholesale accounts and want to increase  wholesale operations. This track will be limited to 2-4 farms.

If selected, you will work with an experienced team of business, production, and marketing advisors over 1-2 years to:

  • Deepen your understanding of your farm’s production costs and financial records.
  • Evaluate possible scenarios for growing your business.
  • Write a business plan based on your most preferable scenario.
  • Pitch your business plan to a group of some of Maine’s prominent farm investors.

Upon completion of the 201 track, you will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 from Maine Farmland Trust to implement your business plan.

Farms enrolled in the 201 track are welcome, but not required, to attend the workshops offered in the 101 series.

Farming for Wholesale 201 is a highly-selective, competitive application course.

Applications for the 2018 program have closed. Applications for 2019 will open in November. Please contact Alex: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org with any questions.

maine grains

COMPETING IN MAINE’S ORGANIC GRAIN ECONOMY

Participate in this year-long business planning program to:

  • Learn how to use last year’s actual records to find your most (&
    least) profitable crops.
  • Learn how to keep, read, and evaluate financial records in order to make the best business decisions for your farm.
  • Create and evaluate different production and marketing plans that move you toward your farm goals.
  • Learn techniques for attracting and retaining customers.
  • Practice getting your “pitch” down.
  • Build communication and strategy that will lead to more accurate and efficient planning throughout supply chain.
  • Work with a team of technical assistance providers for up to 1 year
  • Earn a $1,000 seed grant upon completing the program.

Who: All farmers are welcome to register. The workshops will be tailored to organic grain growers and will include organic grain buyers, however all farmers are welcome to register for the program (and the technical assistance will be individual with your farm).

When:

  • Friday, February 23 (3-8pm) AND
  • Saturday, February 24 (9am-4:30pm) AND
  • Saturday, March 10 (9am-3:30pm)

Where: Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle

Cost: $500. Upon completion of all sessions and your successful participation in technical assistance, farms will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org

 

REGISTER HERE:

Registration closes Friday, February 16.

Registration for this program has closed. Please contact Alex at alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org with questions or for future opportunities.

HERE’S WHAT FARMERS SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

“I’ve put my time with Wholesale 101 on my list of the top ten things I’ve done to ensure Eldertide & Maine Medicinals’ success.”

-Edie Johnston, Eldertide Farm & Maine Medicinals

 

Having you vet and correct my spreadsheets while providing additional thoughts as to which areas of my business I should be concerned with made all the difference to my bottom line this year. We made more income than ever, largely due to this workshop.”

–Chris Cavendish, Fishbowl Farm

Let's grow a bright future for farming in Maine, together.