Senior FarmShare Information for Farmers

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program is administered through the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Please see below for more details on this program. 

A downloadable version of the application for farmers who wish to apply for participation in the 2016 Senior FarmShare program is below. The Senior FarmShare program guidelines and information document is also below.  It is important that farmers read and understand the Maine Senior FarmShare program guidelines and information before submitting an application. If you have any questions regarding the Senior FarmShare Program, please call 287-7526 or e-mail the office at seniorfarmshare@maine.gov.

Please understand that shares available for new farmers to participate are limited and possibly not available depending on our grant award dollar amount. New farms are only considered after allocating shares to prior year farmers who wish to participate again for the upcoming year. Share allocation to farmers follows the USDA procedure of distribution of SFMNP funds to previously participating State agencies. (I.e. the FarmShare program allocates available funds to keep prior year participating farmers at the level of shares they received the previous fiscal year if sufficient funds are available.) If funds are available after allocating to previous FarmShare farmers, new farmer applications are considered.

Share allocations to farms are based on a combination of many factors including a farm’s capacity and interest in providing shares; references; successful participation in prior years; the distribution of qualifying seniors around the state; the number of farms interested in participating; as well as the total funds available. There is always a possibility that a farm may be authorized later in the season. Maine often receives a follow up grant award later in the spring of prior year unused funds from USDA. If sufficient funds become available to authorize new farmers you will be contacted at that time.

The Senior FarmShare application for farmers is due February 19, 2016.  The address to submit farmer applications to is -

Maine Senior FarmShare Program

Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources

Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

28 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0028

 

If you have questions, please call the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Maine Senior FarmShare Program at 287-3491, or e-mail: seniorfarmshare@maine.gov