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Boots-2-Bushels 2022: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners and Farmers


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To be added to a waitlist, email Mary Michaud
Classes held twice monthly, January 11 – September 6 (via Zoom & farm visits)
Time: times vary; 9a-1p or 12p-4p. Please check the Course Schedule for exact times.

Registration is open to veterans, family members, and all beginning farmers with disabilities from November 10 -17, and open to all beginning November 18.

Learn how to go from seed to salary with this course for all beginning farmers of all abilities interested in growing and selling their own farm produce.

Using the “5 F’s” of farming risk (Farming, Family, Finances, Fitness, Future) as a guide, participants will acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully grow to produce for small-scale private or commercial fruit & vegetable production. All participants will receive classes and training on soil health, crop planning, fruit and vegetable production, integrated pest management, no-till production, harvest & storage, safe food handling, marketing/branding, farm business/economics, and tool & equipment maintenance & safety. Further instruction will be provided through monthly farm visits across Maine. Each farm visit will highlight techniques and methods learned during classroom instruction.

Space is limited.  Preference will be given to participants who are veterans or veteran family members, and/or farmers with a disability.

Note: If registering more than one person, please register the first participant, click Enroll, and then use the “Continue Shopping” option in your cart to add additional participants.

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Program Description

All classes are taught by UMaine Extension and MOFGA subject matter experts.
For complete information, including the course syllabus, visit the Boots-2-Bushels website.

  • January 11: Soil Health
  • January 25: Crop Planning
  • February 8: Small Fruit Production, Safe Food Handling
  • February 22: Vegetable Production (Leaf, Cucurbit, and Nightshade Vegetables)
  • March 8: Vegetable Production (Root, Bulb, and Cole Crops)
  • March 22: Disease Management
  • April 5: Business planning, bookkeeping, and Taxes, Marketing/Branding
  • April 19: Farm Visit: Seedling Production, TBD
  • May 3: Tools and Equipment Maintenance and Safety, Kennebec Valley Community College
  • May 17: Farm Visit: Harvest and Storage, King Hill Farm, 29 Faerie Kingdom Road, Penobscot, ME
  • May 31: Quickbooks, Part 1
  • June 14: Quickbooks, Part 2
  • June 29: Farm Visit: No-till farming, Stonecipher Farm, 1186 River Road, Bowdoinham, ME
  • July 12: Farm Coaching Communication, Part 1
  • July 26: Farm Visit: Small tools for Small-scale farming, Rustic Roots Farm, 120 Vipah Lane, Farmington, ME
  • August 9: Marketing/Branding
  • August 23: Farm Visit: Poultry operation, Grace Pond Farm, 530 Main Street, Thomaston, ME
  • September 6: Farm Coaching: Communication, Part 2

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Anne Devin, UMaine Extension,, or 207.505.0722 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

Program Details

Field Work Location

19 April: Seedling Production – TBD
17 May: Harvest and Storage – King Hill Farm, 29 Faerie Kingdom Rd, Penobscot, ME
29 June: No-till Farming – Stonecipher Farm, 1186 River Rd, Bowdoinham, ME
26 July: Small tools to use in Small-scale farming – Rustic Roots Farm, 120 Vipah Ln, Farmington, ME
23 August: Poultry operation – Grace Pond Farm, 530 Main St, Thomaston, ME


Anne Devin at 207.505.0722 or


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