Maine New Farmers Project

graphic representing Maine New Farmers ProjectWelcome New Farmers! Is Farming the Career for You?

University of Maine Cooperative Extension can help you decide if farming in Maine is right for you.

Have you been farming for fewer than 10 years? Are you a farmhand? Do you own your own farm? Do you hope to own or lease your own farm? The University of Maine Cooperative Extension can help!

Have you had a life-long dream of being a farmer in Maine and wonder if you and your family can make it work? Maybe you grew up on a farm and now want to run your own. Or are you intrigued with the possibilities of life on a farm and looking for an apprenticeship? UMaine Extension has been helping Maine farmers for over 90 years. We can help you, too!

UMaine Extension has a new grant from the USDA to help beginning farmers get their farms or farming careers started. USDA considers beginning farmers to be farmers who have been farming for 0-10 years. So, whether you are thinking about getting a job at a farm, or you have an established farm that has been around a few years (or anything in between)…we are here for you!

Questions? Contact Chris Howard, Maine New Farmers Project Manager

Find Us on Facebook

Facebook logo for the Maine New Farmers Project public groupThis is a Maine-based New Farmer peer-to-peer network to provide new farmers in Maine with increased opportunities to connect with each other. As part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, we will provide the latest research-based information and learning opportunities throughout the state.

New farmers have been farming for 0-10 years and this public forum is for all.

Join and Follow Maine New Farmers Project on Facebook

UMaine Cooperative Extension is hosting this group with funding from USDA NIFA Grant #2021-70033-35716.

What Do You Think?

Do you have a few moments to give feedback?

The staff of the Maine New Farmers Project would appreciate your feedback on the information supplied on our web pages.

— Thank you!

Partner Organizations

Click on the link beneath the partner logo to visit each of our partners’ websites for more New Farmer programming and resources.

UMaine Extension is Making a Difference!

“As organic farmers, we value University of Maine Cooperative Extension as our top agricultural resource here in Piscataquis County. Being new farmers, we especially benefit from the Piscataquis County Extension office’s focus on facilitating networking and skill-sharing between farmers, gardeners, and community members alike through programs such as the Maine Highlands Farmers, the You Can series, and more.

Eugene and Mary Margaret Ripley, Ripley Farm, Dover-Foxcroft

Extension’s soil testing and pest and disease identification services are invaluable to our ability to grow healthy crops for the dozens of local families that rely on us for their seasonal veggies. Piscataquis County Cooperative Extension is truly an extension of our farm!”

— Eugene and Mary Margaret Ripley, Ripley Farm, Dover-Foxcroft

Farming in Maine
farming couple with produce at farmers market
woman on tractor plowing field
beef cattle in a pasture
apple producer with value-added products in shop
farmer on tractor plowing field
young girl walking with 3 goats

This work is supported by Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program [grant no. 2021-70033-35716] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Northeast DARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

This project was supported by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Farmers


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