Decisions made in your town office, Augusta, and Washington, DC affect day-to-day operations on farms across the state and have a profound impact on our local and regional food and farm economy-- from farmland and food production to the processing, distribution, and consumption that strengthen Maine’s environmental, economic, and social health.
Public policy shapes the resources that are available to farmers, what land is protected and how, agricultural markets and infrastructure development, the tools farms have to adapt to a changing climate and all aspects of our local food economy. We partner with farmers, policymakers and other stakeholders to cultivate a political and social environment in which Maine farms can thrive.
We envision a future in which Maine's essential farmland is protected, everyone who wants to farm is able to access farmland, people are able to access local food, and farmers can grow thriving businesses and contribute to a vibrant regional food economy in spite of the changing environment. To achieve this vision, we advance a farmer-informed policy platform to build robust support that is informed by the needs and opportunities of Maine farmers at the federal, state and local level.