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Let’s talk about dairy farms

Join us to learn more about the key role dairy farms play in Maine’s agricultural landscape. See MFT’s new short video about the Dostie Farm, a multi-generational dairy farm in Skowhegan, and hear from a panel of your local dairy farmers that include: Egide Dostie II, Dostie Farm (Fairfield and Skowhegan; Brad Santy, Santy Dairy (Skowhegan); and Jim Hilton, Hilton Farms (Norridgewock). We’ll have light snacks and beer will be available for purchase for those 21+. Free and open to all ages!

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Competing in Maine’s Organic Grain Economy

Part of MFT’s Farming for Wholesale program, this series offers ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops for farmers.

 

Participate in this year-long business planning program to:

  • Learn how to use last year’s actual records to find your most (& least) profitable crops.
  • Learn how to keep, read, and evaluate financial records in order to make the best business decisions for your farm.
  • Create and evaluate different production and marketing plans that move you toward your farm goals.
  • Learn techniques for attracting and retaining customers.
  • Practice getting your “pitch” down.
  • Build communication and strategy that will lead to more accurate and efficient planning throughout supply chain.
  • Work with a team of technical assistance providers for up to 1 year
  • Earn a $1,000 seed grant upon completing the program.

Who: All farmers are welcome to register. The workshops will be tailored to organic grain growers and will include organic grain buyers, however all farmers are welcome to register for the program (and the technical assistance will be individual with your farm).

When:

  • Friday, February 23 (3-8pm) AND
  • Saturday, February 24 (9am-4:30pm) AND
  • Saturday, March 10 (9am-3:30pm)

Where: Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle

Cost: $500. Upon completion of all sessions and your successful participation in technical assistance, farms will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships are available! Please do not let upfront cost prevent you from joining us! Contact Alex for details: alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org

 

Registration closes Friday, February 16.

REGISTER HERE:

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