CEI is a nonprofit organization that provides rural business financing, technical assistance and policy advocacy for small and medium sized companies that create jobs, improve the economic development in their areas, or offer environmental benefits. The Sustainable Agriculture program at CEI offers free business planning services and a variety of financing options to beginning farmers throughout Maine.
Cultivating Community uses sustainable agriculture as an engine for anti-hunger and community development work. We run a range of food access, youth empowerment, and economic development programs including one that helps immigrants and refugees build farm-based businesses. In connection with that work, we operate Maine’s largest training farm and farm business incubator at Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon.
The Maine Forest Service (MFS), a Division of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, helps Maine’s citizens make informed decisions about woodlands. MFS assists woodland owners through education, direct technical assistance and referral to resource professionals.
Farm Credit of Maine serves the agricultural, commercial fishing and forest products industries, as well as the rural communities in the state of Maine. Part of the national cooperative Farm Credit System, Farm Credit of Maine originates and services loans to its cooperative members. In addition to loans, we also offer leasing, appraisal, credit life insurance and crop insurance services.
Coaching beginning, established and retiring farmers, as well as non-farming landowners, through farmland transition processes such as farm searches, succession plans, ownership transfer and leasing.
Maine AgrAbility is a non-profit collaboration of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, and Alpha One. Maine AgrAbility is part of a nationwide network of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs begun through the 1990 Farm Bill. The goal of the National AgrAbility Project is to inform, educate, and assist farmers, ranchers, farm workers, and their families with disabilities, so they can continue to have successful careers in agriculture.
The Maine Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) represents the 16 Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Maine. MACD’s mission is to strengthen public awareness of Conservation Districts, work with State and federal agencies on conservation issues, and enhance the technical and financial capacity of Conservation Districts.
The Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA) is the oldest state aquaculture trade associations in the country. Founded in 1976 by local oyster growers along the Damariscotta River, the MMA mission is to represent all aquaculture in the state including freshwater and marine farmers and shellfish and finfish farmers. Membership in the association is open to all interested individuals, organizations and companies.
Maine Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, non-profit voluntary organization that lobbies for issues important to agriculture, landowners and the rural way of life. The Farm Bureau was formed to analyze problems and implement solutions important to Maine’s rural families.
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization committed to protecting Maine’s precious farmland resources and strengthening farming in Maine. We help beginning farmers to access land, and offer assistance with farm business planning through our Farm Viability program.
Since 1991, the volunteer-driven Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) has worked to cultivate a vibrant and sustainable farmers’ market community, provide a forum and repository for the exchange of ideas and resources, and be an effective liaison and voice for the promotion, education and advocacy of Maine Farmers’ Markets.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. MOFGA offers a full suite of beginning farmer resources, support, and services, including Apprenticeship and Journeyperson Programs; educational workshops, classes, and programs on a range of agricultural topics; and farm visits, land assessments, and technical services.
The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (MESAS) is a farmer-led, member-based, 501(c)3 educational organization focused on developing and promoting ways to increase the economic returns to farmers while at the same time maintaining the environmental systems and community networks in which farmers live and work. We represent farmers from all sectors and of all scales. We strive to serve as a “middle ground” by bringing together, and encouraging dialogue among, the diverse participants within Maine’s agricultural community.
Maine Sea Grant seeks to promote marine science and education in the development, management and stewardship of marine and coastal resources.
Our mission is to serve all farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs and loans for all Americans.
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) as the fact finders for agriculture is committed to providing timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in existence since 1935, is the lead conservation agency that helps farmers conserve, maintain and improve natural resources through science-based conservation efforts, technical assistance and incentive-based programs.
For more than 90 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land-grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county.