We are dedicated to helping beginning farmers create and sustain new farms.
Any farmer with limited experience operating a farm can contact us to receive assistance.
WHAT WE CAN HELP WITH
We consult with beginning farmers about their land search at no cost. We help identify challenges, as well as opportunities for training and research. We can also connect you to other helpful resources. You can prepare for a productive consultation with this Land Search Info Form.
Need help financing your land purchase? You may want to consider if MFT’s farmland protection services might be applicable to your situation, helping you buy a protected farm that would be more affordable.
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.
CONTACT: Elizabeth Sprague, Business Development Manager, Farm Viability
A key for any beginning farmer is to find markets. Many beginning farmers rely primarily on direct sales via farm stands, farmers markets, and CSAs, while an increasing number are exploring ways to also sell some products wholesale. MFT helps farmers—including beginning farmers –access markets of all types, but we are working especially hard on helping farmers enter emerging wholesale markets. To this end, we provide a series of training workshops and ongoing technical assistance. We also operate the Unity Food Hub, which directly serves farmers seeking new markets.
CONTACT: Alex Fouliard, Farming for Wholesale Project Manager
HOW TO GET STARTED
Beginning Farmer Resource Network
This coalition of Maine agricultural agencies and organizations works together to connect aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers to resources for farm business success. Visit BFRN.