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Maine FarmLink: Connecting Prospective Farmers to Maine Farmland Owners

Welcome!

 

Maine FarmLink, a program of Maine Farmland Trust, is a linking service that helps connect people who are seeking farmland “Seekers”, with farmland “Owners” (or their representatives) who are looking to sell, lease or work out non-traditional tenure arrangements, based on their respective interests, needs and goals.    FarmLink works with each party to fully understand their interests and needs.  Our personal contact and customized support, combined with the assistance of our program partners, has helped FarmLink to become an effective program.  To date, FarmLink has made over 100 links, making it one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation!

FarmLink is a linking service, NOT a real estate brokerage.  Both “Seekers” and Farmland Owners often work with Real Estate Agents even while they are enrolled in our FarmLink program.  We support and encourage these relationships.

This is a free service provided by Maine Farmland Trust.  While there is no cost to enroll in Maine FarmLink, to ensure the future of the program, we encourage everyone to become members of Maine Farmland Trust.  The standard individual membership cost is $30 per year.  We appreciate your support as we continue our work to preserve and protect farming in Maine.

Maine FarmLink is for you IF…  

  • You are a farmland owner thinking about selling or leasing your land, OR
  • You are seeking farmland to buy, lease or open to a non-traditional tenure arrangement.

 

Maine Farmland Seekers
Maine Farmland Seekers

 

Services Provided

Maine FarmLink

Linking

We link farmland seekers with farmland owners who are looking to sell, lease or find some other non-traditional tenure agreement, based on their respective interests, needs and goals.

Guidance and Referrals

We can help support the entire “linking” process on both sides of the equation.  We can connect participants to professionals or organizations who can help with business planning, financing, production support, management training and property transfer.  While we strive to be of utmost assistance to our program participants, there are instances when time does not allow for immediate assistance.  We will do our best to help you in your linking process.  We appreciate your understanding of the work we do and your continued support of our program.

 

Farmland Protection

We can also help interested farmland owners explore preservation options.  Sometimes, placing an Agricultural Easement on a farm before a transfer provides significant financial benefits that help make a transition possible.

 

Buy/Protect/Sell

Maine Farmland Trust does offer its own farm properties for sale through its “Buy/Protect/Sell” (B/P/S) program.  Each year a handful of vulnerable farmland properties are purchased by Maine Farmland Trust.  These properties are then permanently preserved and resold (usually at farmland value) to farmers.

 

As always, we hope you find our site helpful and never hesitate to reach out to us if you feel we can assist you.

 

 

 

 

About Maine Farmlink

Because the majority of Maine farmers are now of retirement age, getting new farmers onto the land is imperative. Many farmers who wish to retire do not have anyone to take over the farm. Likewise, many people who want to farm do not have the family or resources they need to get started. FarmLink is a collaborative endeavor connecting next generation farmers to the land and resources they need to keep Maine’s farms viable now and into the future. FarmLink works with each party to fully understand their interests and needs. This personal contact and customized support, combined with the assistance of program partners, has helped Maine FarmLink become a successful and effective program.

For more information, call Maine FarmLink at:
(207) 338-6575 or email: info@mainefarmlink.org

Maine Farmland Trust
97 Main Street
Belfast, Maine 04915
Phone: 207-338-6575
Fax: 207-338-6024
Email: info@mainefarmlandtrust.org