Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Maine Farm Resilience Program

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Are you ready to take your farm business to the next level?

Introducing the Maine Farm Resilience Program!

 

MOFGA's Maine Farm Resilience Program provides individualized support to advanced-beginning farmers (5-9 years experience) grappling with critical questions of scaling up, accessing and adapting to new markets, managing risk, innovation and diversification, and re- strategizing business plans to achieve long-term farm viability.

Program benefits include:

  • matching with experienced mentors and service providers
  • 6 session MFRP cohort seminar series to support goals
  • development, business analysis and creation of a farm action plan
  • stipends totaling $3,500 to access advanced educational opportunities, as well as technical, professional, and pivot point services

To Apply

Our next deadline: January 1, 2020
Email amueller@mofga.org for an application or call
(207) 568-6017 for more information


Our 2019 Maine Farm Resilience Program Cohort

 
Rustic Roots Farm
 


Rustic Roots Farm
Erica Emery & Dave Allen
Farmington, rusticrootsfarm.org

Erica and Dave started Rustic Roots Farm in 2013. Erica grew up in Farmington and Dave went to college there so when they were looking to transition back to Maine after living in Boston, Franklin County was a natural choice. They grow on about 2 acres of land in Farmington and run a Farm Share (CSA) program. The farm attends one farmers' market and does a seasonal roadside stand for sweet corn in August and pumpkins in October.


Turtle Rock Farm
 


Turtle Rock Farm
Jennifer Legnini
Brunswick, www.turtlerockmaine.com

Jennifer Legnini has over 20 years experience in culinary arts and agriculture. Raised on a sheep and vegetable farm in Pennsylvania and working in restaurants from a young age, she has been growing her career in food provisions and agricultural production simultaneously. After graduating from the country’s first Farm to Table culinary program, her career has been diverse in organic fruit and vegetable production, the culinary arts, sustainable ranching education, specialty food development and production, and manufacturing of value-added agricultural goods. Jennifer now runs Turtle Rock Farm, which is comprised of a certified organic vegetable farm in Union, ME and a canning and processing facility in Brunswick, ME. A central location for several agricultural communities, Turtle Rock works with local farmers to develop value added goods as well as produces a specialty food line, a range of grocery items and fresh produce of their own brand. Committed to regenerative agriculture, community health, the local economy, and farmers markets, her focus on the local food chain is employed in her business as well as her personal relationships with the community.


Dharma Farm
 


Dharma Farm
Abby Lydon & Jeff Knox
Washington, www.dharma.farm,
Instagram: @dharmafarm

Jeff Knox and Abby Lydon have been farming together since 2012. They operated Woodsholm Farm on leased land in Newcastle before settling in Washington in late 2014 and renaming themselves Dharma Farm in recognition that farming is their path for good and their right way of living in this world. Using bio-intensive and lo-till/no-till methods, they grow two acres of vibrant, nutrient-dense vegetables and medicine for two farmers' markets and a number of wholesale accounts. Believing in the vital, life-giving force of whole foods and herbs, and knowing them to comprise the roots of personal, community and planetary health and wellness, Jeff and Abby farm with the knowledge that healthy soils grow delicious vegetables, potent and healing medicinals, nourished communities, and contribute to a thriving farm ecosystem. Farming is a livelihood that nourishes their beings, their bellies, the soil with which they work, their land and all the diversity it supports, their customer's appetites, and their local community's economic strength and vitality. They cannot think of a more satisfying endeavor.


Tender Soles Farm
 


Tender Soles Farm
Kate DelVecchio & Richard Lee
Richmond, www.tendersolesfarm.com

Kate Del Vecchio and Richard Lee of Tender Soles Farm have owned their 45 acre farm in Richmond for 5 years. Tender Soles is a MOFGA certified organic, horse-powered mixed vegetable, herb, and flower farm. They have a farm stand and offer a summer and winter vegetable and fruit share (CSA), a pork CSA, Senior Farm Shares, organic seedlings as well as selling to several local schools, restaurants and stores. They are also Garden Club advisors to the Richmond School Gardens. Kate is from Whitefield, Maine, where her first job was at Uncas Farm in Whitefield. Rich grew up in Queens, N.Y., and taught at the Cornell Cooperative Extension SOAR program before coming to Maine to learn how to farm. They choose to farm with draft horses in order to tighten their farm nutrient cycle as well as working closer to the pace of the natural soil biology. And although this means that the pace of their tillage is slowed to how much work two horses can do in a day, they much prefer the sound of horses breathing and the smell of manure over the drone of a tractor and smell of diesel!


Toddy Pond Farm
 


Toddy Pond Farm
Greg & Heide Purinton-Brown
Monroe, www.Toddypondfarm.com

Toddy Pond Farm is a 500 acre diversified family Farm. We raise dairy cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, bees and a couple of goats to produce 100% grass fed cheese and yogurt, pasture raised meats, honey and wool. We seek to connect people to their food through farmstay vacations, farm camps for kids, farm dinners and our on-farm farm store.


Souder Station Farm
 


Souder Station Farm
Randy Canarr
Winterport, www.souderstationfarm.com,
Facebook: SouderStationFarm/

We are a small, diversified family farm. We operate year round, offering locally produced, natural products and services. We strive to produce food and products that are of the highest quality, naturally produced following organic principles, and fairly priced. From our family to yours. Humanely treated animals, land vitality, clean water ways, healthy forests, and long term solutions over the quick fix underline our approach to living with the seasons. Our agricultural, wildlife services, and outdoor pursuits reflect these practices. Come with us as we build a future based on good health, balance and long term sustainability.


Dickey Hill Farm
 


Dickey Hill Farm
Noami Brautigam & James Gagne
Monroe, www.dickeyhillfarm.com

Dickey Hill Farm, owned and operated by Noami Brautigam and James Gagne, is a small diversified farm in Monroe, Maine, just 10 miles up the road from downtown Belfast. Dickey Hill Farm utilizes no-till practices to grow just over a half acre of MOFGA Certified Organic vegetables, including fresh, frost-sweetened greens grown throughout the coldest months of the Maine winter in unheated high tunnels. DHF's holistic farming approach also offers grass fed beef. The small beef heard adds nutrients to 14 acres of rolling pasture as they rotationally graze the hillsides in the spring summer and fall. During the winter months the herd stays close to the barn where manure and bedding is made into nutrient rich compost that feeds the vegetable production. Dickey Hill Farm vegetables and beef are available seasonally at the Rockland Farmers' Market and year round at the Belfast Farmers' Market. Dickey Hill Farm is committed to maintaining and enhancing the health of the land while providing nutritious food to the community.


This work is supported by Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program [grant no. 2018-70017-28576 /project accession no. 1016615] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


 

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