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farmlink mixer march 7th in dover-foxcroft, maine

Are you thinking about whether there are farmers out there that could use some of your available farmland? Or are you curious about what it might be like to farm in Piscataquis County (where the farmland is spectacular and the people are nice)? Then our Maine FarmLink Speed-Linking event is for you! Shake off that cabin fever and come on down for some good, old-fashioned farmer meetin’ and greetin’!

When:    Saturday, March 7th at 3:30p.m. (Snow Date: March 14th at 3:30pm)

Registration will start at 3:15 p.m.

Where:   Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, 824 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME

What:     A chance for farmland seekers and owners to interact in a fun, facilitated way

Why:      Because we want help to connect YOU!

Get more info and register HERE!


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veggies for all at unity college

Case Study by Riley Neugebauer

via Farm to Institution

Campuses across the country have seen an increasing interest in food systems and farming from students and faculty, which has led to the creation of new majors and minors related to food and agriculture, as well as an increase in on-campus food production. There are a variety of outlets for the food that is produced on campus, including selling or giving it to campus dining operations, creating campus-based CSA programs for students and employees of the college, or using the opportunity to address food access and hunger in the community or communities surrounding the campus.

Unity College is one the campuses that has chosen to work with their community on food access as a part of their campus food production efforts. They formed a partnership in 2009 with an organization called Veggies For All in rural Maine, which works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while collaborating with partners to distribute and increase access to quality and nutritious food. This partnership provides thousands of pounds of food to hundreds of clients of the local food bank, the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, and provides educational opportunities for students. In 2014 VFA became a project of Maine Farmland Trust, which hopes to expand the model and support food bank farming statewide.

Read the full CASE STUDY!


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community supported agriculture and fisheries fair

CSA-CSF-Fair

MOFGA presents “Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries” on February 27 to March 1 at a locations throughout Maine.

These events are part celebration and part education, as local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. Continue reading


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unique maine farms: book, resource, fun fun fun!

image via uniquemainefarms.com

Mary Quinn Doyle and the folks at Unique Maine Farms have been cooking up a treat for us over the past two-and-a-half years. In an effort to increase knowledge and enthusiasm about farms in Maine, they have profiled 178 farms across the state. The project, which is makes its findings available both on its website and in a hardcover book, showcases the diversity of farms in Maine. The profiles include organic and conventional farms; dairy, aquaculture, tree, vegetable, herb, fiber, flower, and meat farms are all there. The book also incorporates harvesting and gathering by Native Americans, gardens operated by refugees, immigrants, inmates, and the homeless.

All in all, it looks like a very exciting project.

You can learn more about Unique Maine Farms and read their farm profiles on their WEBSITE.

Also check out the Unique Maine Farms BOOK. The proceeds go to furnishing Maine libraries with copies of the book.


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central maine organic farm available

A great opportunity for the right greenhorn!

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We are reaching out to the farming community to find a buyer for our farm.  We are currently operating an organic farmstead dairy and creamery.  We had big plans for this farm when we purchased it 4 years ago and have found that we do not have enough hours in the day to bring those plans to fruition.  Our children have moved away from home and we have decided to downsize our dairy and cheesemaking operation.

The 20+/- acre property has approximately ⅔ of open land. There is a farmland easement held by Maine Farmland Trust. In addition to the 1830’s New England farmhouse, the property has a new farm store, commercial kitchen & creamery with walk-in cooler, milk house, 6 cow step up parlor(can be easily converted to goats or sheep), two barns, two greenhouses and another shed for additional storage or animal housing. Continue reading


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MOFGA’s farmer to farmer conference

Every year farmers and other agricultural experts from Maine and beyond gather at MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer mofgaConference to share their expertise about organic cultivation and marketing.

This year the conference takes place fromNovember 1 to 3 at Point Lookout in Northport. It includes tours of the draft-powered North Branch Farm in Monroe and Bahner Farm’s mixed vegetable operation in Belmont.
Dan Brisebois will deliver the keynote address, “Integrating Seed Production into a Market Garden.” Brisebois farms at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm in Quebec and co-authored “Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.”

The core of the conference – two full days of educational workshops – maximizes peer-to-peer information sharing. More than 30 workshops are scheduled on topics ranging from farming with draft animals to learning the pros and cons of value-added food processing. Continue reading

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