Farming in Maine is complicated, nuanced, and continually changing.
We need an informed and dedicated community of people who are passionate about Maine farms, speaking up, and contributing to farming’s future.
There is a lot to celebrate about farming in Maine today. But there is still much work to do for farming to realize its full potential, which is why MFT continues to showcase the successes, challenges, and ambitions of Maine’s food landscape using books, films, art exhibits, and conversations. We believe that farming is fundamental to our future – and thus warrants the highest levels of public attention and support.
Like the best farmers, MFT is always experimenting. We tell the evolving story of farming in Maine using varied media forms to connect to a broad audience—from films and photography to unique publications.
Dig into stories of Maine agriculture through videos, podcasts, photography and more. Learn More.
This is MFT’s annual journal for our members. Become a member to receive your copy in the mail. Learn More.
Three photo exhibits: Groundbreakers, Feeding Maine, and The Lexicon of Sustainability, as described below. Each provides a platform for food system discussion. They are available to travel for an exhibition in your community. Learn More.
Our gallery celebrates agriculture through art, capturing the vibrancy of Maine’s farms and the intimate relationship farmers have with the earth, the crops they raise and animals they tend. Learn More.
We support farming in many ways, including operating this farm-based Art Center, which connects the creative worlds of farming and art making. Several Artist Residencies are offered each year. Learn More.
Our staff makes regular presentations to various groups. From conference panels to garden club meetings, library talks to TEDTalks, we are more than happy to share our work with your audience. If interested, contact us.
We organize all types of events around the state, from farm parties to panel discussions. See what’s on the calendar.
MFT and Penobscot East Resource Center have decided not to hold a 2016 festival in Belfast. However, MFT will continue to host an annual celebration of Maine food in June — a delicious and educational event that pairs Maine’s bounty with its finest chefs and producers.
Whether you serve as a local official or are just an active resident, you can help your town or city support farming through smart local planning, policies, and ordinances. This resource section of our website includes specific suggestions about what steps can be taken locally, with examples from Bowdoinham, Cape Elizabeth, Monmouth, Turner, and Unity. You can also take a test to see “How ‘farm-friendly’ is your community?” Learn More.
Land and Sea
What happens on farmland has a direct bearing on water quality and what our fisheries produce. To call attention to this connection, MFT each year, in partnership with Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC), hosts a special convening and publishes its proceedings.
Contact us if you are…
A farmer or food enthusiast with a story to share.
An organization or individual interested in bringing a film, presentation, event or photo exhibit to your community.
An individual interested in learning more about what’s happening in food and ag policy.
Let's grow a bright future for farming in Maine, together.
You have a say in the future of farming. It’s going to take a whole lot of hard work to protect more farmland, help farmers thrive, and increase access to local food. You can help: become a member of Maine Farmland Trust.