Farming for a Living Down East

So, You Want to Farm in Maine

A short course for individuals who want a profitable Farm operation.

farmer standing in a field holding a crate of freshly picked lettuceDates: 4 afternoons, November 5, 8, 13, and 15, 2018.
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: UMaine Extension Washington County, 28 Center St., Machias, ME
Cost: $50 per person (includes 4 afternoon classes and textbook Starting Your Own Farm Business by Sarah Beth Aubrey)

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This multi-session course is designed for any farmer or beginning farmer who wants to start a profitable land-based business or expand a farm hobby into a profitable business. Participants will learn how to make your own enterprise budgets, improve your record keeping, hear from local agencies that have programs specific to farms, and more.


  • ­Participants will feel comfortable starting a land-based business.
  • ­Participants will understand the need for and have a framework for a business plan.
  • ­Participants will select and use a record keeping system.
  • ­Participants will understand how to use Cooperative Extension and other agencies as a resource for their land-based business.
  • ­Participants will understand the importance of and basics of marketing their products, including customer surveys.

Organized by Lily Calderwood, UMaine Wild Blueberry Specialist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture, and Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator, UMaine Extension, with 12 guest speakers.

This course is approved for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Borrower Training**.

For more information, call 207.781.6099 or email

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in these programs, please call Lynne Hazelton at 207.781-6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (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.