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.
Farming for Wholesale
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 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.
Farmland and Solar Development
On site energy production can support farm viability and reduce energy costs, but we also want to ensure that solar development in the state does not result in the loss of important soils or impede farmers’ ability to access the land they need now and in the future. Learn more.
Blue Hill 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.
PFAS in Maine Agriculture
Persistent chemicals called PFAS can make their way from biosolids into farm products like milk. In partnership with MOFGA and MAine’s DACF, MFT is offering emergency grants to help dairy farmers affected by PFAS qualify for federal funding. 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 that wants to do more to help SNAP recipients access local food.
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.