Maine Biz – As Maine agriculture evolves, farm financers aim to keep up

To launch Bumbleroot Organic Farm, the four founders pooled funds to buy a tractor and things like vegetable and flower seed, setting up a modest operation on a 1.5-acre site leased in Buxton.

Bolstered by income from a community-supported agriculture program, farmers markets and sales to restaurants, they quickly sought out land to buy.

In 2016, through a Maine Farmland Trust program and with financing from Coastal Enterprises Inc., the Bumbleroot owners bought 89 acres of farmland in Windham, invested in renovation and put five acres into production.

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