BFRDP Projects

A comprehensive new farmer training program for Maine
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $709,713
Grant Program: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Ryan Dennett
Organization: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


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Project Overview

Success in training farmers is the hallmark of the Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Journeyperson Program (JP). During the past
ten years, 275 new farmers have emerged from the program in Maine. Equipped
with innovative production, management, and marketing skills, these farmers
have created more than 160 farm businesses. Providing tomorrow’s farmers with
the skills needed to achieve success in a demanding marketplace remains the
primary objective of the Journeyperson Program. Between 2015 and 2018, 150
new farmers will receive training and the help needed to establish at least 75
new farm businesses. This crucial support, aimed at creating economically
viable farms in Maine, can help meet the rising demand for local, more
healthful and sustainably produced food.

Number of Participants: 85


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