Maine Farm Sitters Course

Three dirty piglets standing in green grass with barn in background.The purpose of the Maine Farm Sitters Course is to equip individuals with the tools to serve as effective farm sitters and to understand the general responsibilities of helping an animal-based farm enterprise successfully continue in the absence of the farmer or manager. This course is run annually each spring. Sign up here for email updates – registration typically opens in late winter.

Intro to the Maine Farm Sitters Course (video)- Hear from Dr. Brzozowski as he explains what the Maine Farm Sitters Course has to offer you!

Have you thought of Farm Sitting as a Business (video)? Hear Dr. Brzozowski as he explains how the Maine Farm Sitters Course can help you turn your farm sitting hobby into a business.

Interview with a Farmer (video) – Listen to Pogo from Friends Folly Farm in Monmouth talk about hiring farm sitters and what to consider when choosing the right fit for your farm.

Maine Farm Sitters Course Topics include:

  • Components of Effective Farm Sitting
  • Animal Health Basics
  • Animal Handling
  • Practical Animal Nutrition
  • Farm Sitting as a Business
  • Farm Sitting in the Real World
  • Farm Tractor Safety
Farmer sitters in training at a dairy barn with cows
Maine Farm Sitting Course participants tour Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport Maine with instructor Rachel White, UMaine Extension (front, left)

Maine Farm Sitters Course Instructors:

  • Dr. Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension, Professor Emeritus
  • Chris Howard, MS, UMaine Extension, Maine New Farmers Project Manager
  • Dr. Colt Knight, Associate Extension Professor and State Livestock Specialist
  • Dr. Rachel White, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Livestock
  • Brett Johnson, MS, Assistant Extension Professor, Sustainable Agriculture and Farm Business Management Educator
    University of Maine Cooperative Extension Waldo County
  • Dan Foster, Insurance Agent Representing American National

Looking for a Farm Sitter in Maine?

Request a list of Farm Sitters in Maine


Phone: 207-933-2100 Office hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Sign up here for email updates – registration typically opens in late winter.

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