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Additional Farming Resources

The following list of organizations and programs includes:

  • Agricultural Information
  • Insurance
  • Mediation
  • Taxation

If you know of additional useful links please let us know!

* indicates a partner organization with Maine FarmLink

Agricultural Information

• Maine Farmland Trust (MFT)*

The purpose of Maine Farmland Trust is to permanently preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural land; to assist landowners, land trusts, and municipal and state agencies in identifying and protecting agricultural land; and to make those agricultural lands available for farmers in the future.

www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

• Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA)

CFRA website has information on legislative issues, rural development updates and other helpful links for all farmers.

http://www.cfra.org

• Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine (ELFC)

The Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC) is a nonprofit coalition of individuals and organizations committed to promoting and increasing in-state consumption of Maine farm products.

http://www.eatmainefoods.org

• Growing New Farmers

Geared towards both new farmers and service providers who work with new farmers.  Includes a directory, Q&A, and a variety of useful information.

http://www.smallfarm.org/main/special_projects/growing_new_farmers/

• Land For Good

We help find solutions that are good for farmers, landowners, communities and the land.  We lead and collaborate on community agriculture projects.  We conduct educational workshops and professional trainings. 

FINDING YOUR DREAM FARMNecessary, Desirable, Optional Worksheet

www.landforgood.org

• Local Harvest

Promoting local food through listings of CSAs, farmers’ markets, food co-ops and restaurants.  Free and easy to list your farm or event.

http://www.localharvest.org

• Maine Agricultural Center (MAC)*

MAC brings together the agriculturally related programs of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

http://www.mac.umaine.edu

• Maine Dept of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources*

Offers a number of programs for farmers. Including the below links:

http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/index.shtml

• Get Real Get Maine

A comprehensive website for both consumers and producers in Maine.

http://www.getrealmaine.com

• Maine Farm Bureau

Maine Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, non-profit voluntary organization that lobbies for issues important to agriculture, landowners and the rural way of life.

http://www.mainefarmbureau.com

• Maine Farms Project at CEI

Coordinates several business development programs including: Farm Financing; Farm Counseling; Farms for the Future; Image Building Concepts & New American Farmers

http://www.ceimaine.org/content/view/34/75/

• Maine Foods Network

Aims to make it easier for Maine farmers to find local markets for their world-class produce, as well as for Maine businesses to offer the highest quality local foods to their customers.

http://www.mainefoods.net

• Maine Organic Farmers’ and Gardeners’ Association (MOFGA)*

MOFGA’s programs include certification, education, apprenticeships, policy updates, the Common Ground Country Fair, and all things organic throughout the state. www.mofga.org

MOFGA offers the apprenticeship program for beginning organic
farmers http://www.mofga.org/Programs/FarmApprenticeships/tabid/502/Default.aspx and the journeyperson program http://www.mofga.org/Programs/Journeypersons/tabid/228/Default.aspx for more experienced farmers.

• Maine Women’s Agricultural Network

Provides networking opportunities, business planning, workshops and other information to women in agriculture.

www.timeandtide.org/wagn_-_home

• National Farm Transition Network  (NFTN)

This network lists programs that foster next generation farmers and ranchers throughout the nation. The site includes other linking programs and useful publications.

www.farmtransition.org/aboutnetw.html

• National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Includes extensive publications on specific crops and management systems as well as opportunities for funding for sustainable agriculture programs and news in sustainable agriculture.

http://www.attra.ncat.org/

Includes a list of funding opportunities: http://attra.ncat.org/funding/

• The New England Small Farm Institute

Includes an extensive bookstore with great resources for small farmers at all points in their careers.  Also lists events, courses and workshops.

http://www.smallfarm.org/

• The New Farm: Farmer-to-Farmer Know-How  from the Rodale Institute

Includes a lot of information on specific management practices as well as “farm blogs,” news, and a farm locator.

http://www.newfarm.org/

• University of Maine Cooperative Extension*

Extension offers a wide range of information on agricultural activities, programs and services.

http://www.umext.maine.edu

 

Insurance

 

• Maine Care

If your income falls under a certain amount and you are pregnant or have children, you may be eligible for state-sponsored health care.

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/bfi/MaineCare.htm

• Maine Bureau of Insurance

Keeps track of all registered insurance agents in the state and provides a searchable database of companies. The site also lists other registered professionals, such as surveyors.

http://www.state.me.us/pfr/ins/ins_index.htm

 

Mediation

 

• Maine Association of Dispute Resolution Professionals (MADRP)

MADRP focuses on alternative dispute resolution. The site includes a listing of members and a searchable database for mediators.  Also includes links to other mediation services throughout the state.

http://www.mainemediators.org/

• Community Mediation Services (Augusta)

Promoting community peacemaking using trained volunteers to help people resolve everyday disagreements in our schools, homes, communities and workplaces.

http://www.communitymediationservices.org

 

Taxation

 

• Maine’s “Current Use” Tax Programs

Maine offers reduced tax rates for farmland, open space and tree growth land that meets the requirements.

http://www.maine.gov/revenue/propertytax/propertytaxbenefits/CurrentUseLandPrograms.htm

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