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Sustainable Agriculture Program

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Student Farm

Established in 1994, the Black Bear Food Guild is a community supported agricultural endeavor, initiated and developed by students in response to their desire for more hands-on learning.  Students manage two acres of certified organic vegetable production and one acre under cover crop. The majority of the operating capital is from the sale of membership shares. Students provide fresh organically grown vegetables and a newsletter twice a week to 60 share holders.


photos: Mike Mardosa, University of Maine Public Relations

Image Description: Students in greenhouse receive instruction on proper watering technique for newly planted flats of seedligns.

Image Description: Close up of hand placing freshly picked cucumbers into wooden box labeled "UM Rogers Farm"

Image Description: Female student with an armload of freshly picked carrots, bending over to pick more.

Image Description: Students moving garden cart loaded with vegetables through field.

Image Description: Female student carrying black plastic totes with freshly harvested vegetables.

Image Description: Female student kneeling, picking peas from neatly trellesed plants.

Image Description: Black Bear Food Guild student moving a sign for their farm stand: "Fresh, organic produce"

Image Description: Close up of hands transplanting small seedling.


Contact Information

Sustainable Agriculture Program
5722 Deering Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5722
Phone: (207) 581-2948E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System