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“So, You Want to Farm in Maine?” 2022 Online Course


Tuesday and Thursday Evenings from 6 – 8 pm, Jan. 18 – Feb. 17, 2022.

This series is designed for for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm homestead or part-time farm into a profitable business. More details on the class available here. Participants should be prepared to share info on their farm business (current or hypothetical).

This course is offered on a sliding scale fee basis, per farm. Please self-select your payment fee. If the fee poses a barrier to participation, please contact extension.newfarmer@maine.edu

  • $150 – recommended for farms with 3 people participating in the class OR individuals who earn, through farming, at least the typical annual salary for “Farming, Fishing and Forestry”, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator ($38,907).
  • $100 – recommended for farms with 2 people participating in the class OR individuals who earn, through farming, less than the typical annual salary for “Farming, Fishing and Forestry”, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator ($38,907).
  • $50 – Suggested amount for members of our community who have been affected by systemic oppression, namely farmers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or with disability OR individuals for whom the above fees are a barrier.

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Due to high demand, this course is limited to individuals and farms who are currently farming, or planning to start a farm business in Maine within the next year. *

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Program Description

A course to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to start, adapt and maintain a profitable land-based business.

Registration is required – Participants will receive the Zoom information before the first session begins for this event. If you need technical assistance, please contact US:IT Service Desk at help@maine.edu or 1.800.696.4357. US:IT Service Desk is available until 8:00 PM.

Textbooks: Main textbook will be Building a Sustainable Business (SARE) which is electronic and will need to be downloaded. Optional, supplemental textbooks are Starting and Running Your Own Farm Business (Aubrey) and Organic Farmers Business Handbook (Wiswall) and will need to be purchased by the participant.

Digital Connectivity Options: If you have limited access to reliable internet or an internet connected device:

  • You may attend Zoom sessions at the Penobscot County Extension Office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor. **You must indicate on the pre-course survey you receive after registering if you will be using this option.**
  • To complete coursework: you may contact your local Extension office to schedule a time to use their WiFi during office hours (in the building) or use WiFi anytime from the parking lot.
  • Contact the National Digital Equity Center for no cost or low cost tablets for Maine Residents who are of low to moderate income.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, or would like to discuss any other barriers to participation, please email extension.newfarmer@maine.edu or call Rebecca Long at 207.743.6329 or 800.287.1482 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

**Credit for FSA borrower training is approved [7 CFR 764.454(d)]. FSA employees are welcome to attend.

Program Details

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$150, $100, $50,


6 pm – 8 pm



Contact Name

Rebecca Long, UMaine Extension Staff

Contact Email


Contact Phone

207.743.6329, 800.287.1482 (toll free in Maine)


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