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an entire conference just for farm access geeks, october 19, new gloucester, maine

What do we at the Greenhorns love about a Farm Access conference? Oh, just give us a second to count the ways.

  1. The Farmland Access Conference will offer workshops and mentoring for farmers looking for land, landowners looking for farmers, and farmers looking to transition their land to a younger generation. And to start, we just love the idea that all of these people will have an other opportunity to be around the same coffee table.
  2. The entire day is COMPLETELY DEVOTED to strategies for increasing farmer access to farmland. Plenty of big conferences offer an hour-long workshop or two on this subject, but often they can only cover the basics in the time allotted. As anyone looking for land/looking for something to do with their land knows, the subject encompasses plenty of nuance.
  3. The agenda. It is. so. great. (Some workshop topic highlights:  Protecting the Farm with an Agricultural Conservation Easement, Creating Successful and Satisfying Lease Agreements, and Innovative Land Access Strategies, to name a few.)
  4. The registration is an extremely reasonable $25, which covers not only entrance to the conference but also lunch.

The conference is happening from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 19th at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME. Registration is now open at the sponsor organization Maine Farmland Trust‘s website.

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maine products sail into boston!

Maine Sail Freight, a pop-up selling goods from small farms throughout the northernmost New England state, will be anchored inside the Boston Public Market during September. The stash of nonperishable organic cargo — 6,400 pounds — sailed from Portland, Maine, on the schooner Adventure in late August. The Greenhorns, an organization that works to support young farmers, orchestrated the project to help the farmers expand the reach of their products and to spark conversation about the logistics of regional trade and the changing farm economy. “If our mission is to build regional resilience, we can’t just do farmers’ markets. Boston Public Market as an axial market for New England is perfect,” says Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Greenhorns director. Turning products they grow and cultivate into honey, maple syrup, jam, sea salt, heirloom beans, tea, spun wool, beeswax candles, flour, rolled oats, and more is a way for farmers to help their businesses thrive in a region with challenging growing conditions. Stop by for tempting items and interesting conversation. Main Sail Freight at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston

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apply for the mofga journeyperson program today! deadline sept 21st


Rich Lee (JP ’15) of Tender Soles Farm hitching his team for a henhouse move

Are you a new farmer serious about pursuing a farming career in Maine?  Could your farm business benefit from 2 years of free hands-on training, technical support and mentorship from some of Maine’s best organic farmers and experts?

If so, submit an application to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Journeyperson Program!

Over the past 15 years, MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program has supported over 250 new farmers to successfully bridge the transition from apprentice/farm worker to independent farmer.  While most new farms fail in the first 5 years of operation, 93% of MOFGA JPs are still farming today.  Boost your odds and apply today!

The next deadline is right around the corner: Monday, September 21!

MOFGA offers each Journeyperson a 2-year package of support, including:

  • $500 annual educational stipend
  • Pairing with a paid farmer-mentor of your choice
  • Free access to more than 50 educational workshops, trainings, and conferences
  • Access to the MOFGA Farm Beginnings® intensive whole-farm & business planning course
  • Personal technical assistance from MOFGA staff
  • Priority assistance with land access and tenure issues through partnerships with Land For Good and Maine Farmland Trust
  • Discounts on seeds and supplies
  • Access to a shared-use farm equipment pool
  • A supportive and active network of new and established farmers

For more details and an application, please visit MOFGA’s JP webpage.

Don’t hesitate to email any questions you have about the JP program or other new farmer support or educational opportunities at MOFGA.

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learn more about the schooner adventure!

The Greenhorns announce a last minute vessel change for the Maine Sail Freight  maiden voyage from Maine to Boston. We will be sailing, and selling as scheduled, thanks to the alacrity and fluid logistical finesse of Captain Stefan Edick and the Schooner Adventure. We are ocean legal and on our way to BOSTON HARBOR. Many thanks to the nautical architects, marina stewards and coast guard officials animated the prospect of Adventure-based commerce. It takes a team to hoist this sail!
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The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit maritime historic preservation and educational organization. We are the stewards of the 1926 dory-fishing Schooner Adventure. Our mission begins with restoration and preservation in perpetuity of the National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure, one of the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners. The Schooner Adventure is a national treasure that has resumed active sailing as an icon of the American fisheries and as a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education programs. The Schooner will be operated at sea, primarily along the New England coast, as a living monument to Massachusetts’€™ fishing heritage. As such, the Schooner Adventure is important not only to Gloucester, but also to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all America.

Our goal is to heighten awareness of Gloucester’€™s role in the development of the American Fishing Industry, the plight of the thousands of men lost at sea, and how a fleet of fast and able schooners defined a regional economy.


The Schooner Adventure was designed by famous marine architect Thomas McManus as a “knockabout”. The schooner was built in 1926 in Essex, Massachusetts by the John F. James and Son Shipyard. From 1926 – 1953 Schooner Adventure fished cod, haddock and halibut from Nantucket to Newfoundland, along the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic. Carrying a sailing rig, diesel engine, and 14 dories, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner. When retired in 1953, Schooner Adventure was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic. In 1954, Schooner Adventure was retired from fishing and converted into a windjammer for passenger cruising, removing the engine, propeller, and prop shaft. Adventure carried passengers along the coast of Maine until 1987. Her grace, beauty, and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname “Queen of the Windjammers.”

Adventure was then donated to the people of Gloucester, Massachusetts by way of The Gloucester Adventure Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to be steward of this historic vessel. The organization’€™s mission is three-fold:

  1. Restore and preserve Adventure in perpetuity,
  2. Utilize Adventure as an educational resource with programming for maritime, environmental and cultural issues and,
  3. Sail Adventure as a symbol of Gloucester’s maritime heritage.

For more information:


The mission of the Maine Sail Freight project is to enliven public conversation about the logistics of regional trade, to draw on our long, storied maritime history as a basis for a long-view conversation about shifting our farm economy for the future. There is an economic action at the middle of this project, attended by pageantry and panel discussions, we invite the public to get involved directly, carry some cargo, and discuss tactics for re-regionalizing our farm economy.

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maine sail freight takes sail!


The Maine Sail Freight takes sail THIS Friday, August 28th from the Portland Harbor and arrives in the Boston Harbor on Saturday, August 29th.  There is then a slew of events taking place in Boston until September 2nd.

In this MAINE SAIL FREIGHT PDF you will find the FULL schedule of events for the Maine Sail Freight beginning with the Portland events on August 27th and then a map to help you find all the Boston events taking place from August 29th – September 2nd!

This includes a Taco Night, Farmer’s Markets, and a talk from Brian Donahue at Harvard University. None should be missed!

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food sovereignty & regional resilience panel


Maine Sail Freight Food Sovereignty & Regional Resilience Panel
Thursday August 27 // Gulf of Maine Research Institute 350 Commercial St, Portland, ME
5pm – 7pm
suggested donation: $10.00/at the door

Even if you can’t make it to part of our Community Cargo Loading event during the day, consider attending this exciting panel of Mainers actively building systems of local food resilience and food sovereignty.

Maine Sail Freight invites you to a panel discussion on Connecting Food Sovereignty, Fisheries, and the Latin American experience in rebuilding regional resilience, land health and rural wealth. The panel includes Robin Alden of Penobscot Resource Center East, Heather Retberg of Quill’s End Farm, and Florence Reed of Sustainable Harvest International with moderator Lisa Fernandes of The Resilience Hub.

Food sovereignty is an essential foundation if we are going to build resilience and food self-sufficiency.  The people who eat food and the people who grow food need to be making the decisions about how we produce and exchange food.  This is so well done at the community level starting with food grown within our communities by our friends and neighbors.

Come for refreshments and good hearty discussion!

*You can buy a ticket for dinner here.

Schedule below…
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