PROGRAM AREAS

Our goal is not just to protect Maine farmland, but to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive.

Our four program areas have developed to fill the needs of farmers, land owners, and local food markets in Maine.

Protecting farmland is the only way we will ensure that we have enough land to grow our food in the future. Agricultural easements protect land from non-farm development and often allow the sale of land at its “farm use value,” which is often necessary to make farmland affordable for farmers.

In the next decade, we expect that as many as 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will change hands as farmers age and retire. Connecting landowners with incoming farmers helps keep this land in production, whether through a sale, lease arrangement, or other support of a farmer’s land search.

FarmLink

Beginning Farmer Services

Farmland Access Loans

Land Contract Guarantee Program with Farm Service Agency

Maine Farms Realty

To revitalize Maine’s rural communities, we must help farmers thrive and help more Mainers access local food. Collaborating and consulting with farmers, food-related businesses, and organizations with interests that range from economic development to food security, we help grow creative programs and enterprises designed to support a vibrant and resilient food system that works for all Mainers.

FARMER SERVICES

Individualized Farm Business Planning

Workshops and Technical Assistance

Shared-use Farm Equipment

Farm Disaster Relief Fund

MARKET DEVELOPMENT & LOCAL FOOD ACCESS

Maine Harvest Bucks

Maine Local Foods Access Network

Farmers Markets

Veggies For All

Market Development Services

Unity Food Hub

Blue Hill Peninsula Community Food Grant

For local food and farms to flourish, we need an informed and dedicated community of people who are passionate about Maine farms.  Events, films, books, art, and public advocacy all help advance farming’s future.

Media

Maine Farms

Growing Local

Meet Your Farmer

Traveling Exhibits

Feeding Maine

Groundbreakers

Lexicon of Sustainability

MFT Gallery

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

Public Policy

Municipal Action

News

Events

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