Connecting with Others

farmers walking down a dirt roadDo you want to network and “connect” with other new farmers, established farmers, and experts in the field?

We’ve compiled the following lists of organizations, associations, institutions, networks, as well as public and private entities just for you! Review these lists and find the right connections for your interests and expertise.

At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a listing of Maine New Farmers Projects’ Partner Organizations. We suggest that you visit their websites for even more New Farmer programming and resources.

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Farm Relief/Financial Assistance

Maine Agricultural Associations

Join an association today to stay up-to-date in your agricultural sector:

Natural Resources

  • Maine Department of Agriculture (DACF) — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources is the State’s lead agency dealing with all aspects of the food system from the field to the table. The Department maintains multiple programs to address needs and issues affecting Maine’s natural resources. Contact 207.287.3871.
  • National Resource Conservation Service — County soil surveys are available at local NRCS offices or on the USDA’s National Resource Conservation Service’s Soils page.


  • Maine Farmer Resource Network — The Maine Farmer Resource Network is a coalition of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working together to connect aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers to resources for farm business success.
  • Maine Grass Farmers’ Network
  • Maine Farmland Trust is an award-winning statewide organization committed to strengthening farming in Maine. Their Maine FarmLink is a farm transfer program that connects prospective farmers seeking farmland with retiring farmers and other farmland owners who wish to see their agricultural lands remain active.

Social Networks

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

Join and Follow Maine New Farmers Project on Facebook

Sign Up for the Maine Vegetable and Berry Growers Email Listserv

Get connected with other commercial growers here in Maine. For more information, visit the Grower Resources page on UMaine Extension’s Cumberland County website.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Programming Areas

Maine New Farmers Project: Partner Organizations

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