MFT Series: Competing in Maine’s Organic Grain Economy

Competing in Maine’s Organic Grain Economy
Friday, February 23, 3-8 p.m.) AND
Saturday, February 24 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) AND
Saturday, March 10 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle

Part of Maine Farmland Trust’s Farming for Wholesale program, this series offers ongoing farm business planning assistance combined with day-long workshops for farmers. Participate in this year-long business planning program to learn how to use last year’s records to find your most (and least) profitable crops; how to keep, read and evaluate financial records in order to make the best business decisions for your farm; how to create and evaluate production and marketing plans that move you toward your farm goals; to learn techniques for attracting and retaining customers; to practice getting your “pitch” down; to build communication and strategy that will lead to more accurate and efficient planning throughout the supply chain; to work with a team of technical assistance providers for up to one year; and to earn a $1,000 seed grant upon completing the program.

Workshops will be tailored to organic grain growers and will include organic grain buyers, but all farmers are welcome to register for the program (and the technical assistance will be individual with your farm).

Cost: $500. Upon completion of all sessions and successful participation in technical assistance, farms will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant – for a net gain of $500 to your farm. Scholarships are available. Register here by February 16 at
FMI: Alex at alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org or 207-338-6575

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Maine Grain Alliance, MOFGA, John Merck Fund and Maine Farmland Trust.

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