Maine Senior FarmShare Program

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) receives a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund the Maine Senior FarmShare Program (MSFP). This program provides eligible low-income seniors the opportunity to receive a share (worth $50) of first-quality, fresh, local produce at no cost directly from local Maine farmers during the growing season.

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Information for Seniors

How and When to Sign Up

  • Seniors sign up directly with a participating farmer each year beginning in April. (Shares are limited and on a first come first serve basis.)
    • To find participating farms in your area:
      • Call the Maine Senior FarmShare Program at 207-287-7526
      • Email the Maine Senior FarmShare Program at donna.murray@maine.gov
      • Contact the Area Agency on Aging by calling the ELDERS-1 toll free number at 1-877-353-3771
      • 2020 Authorized Farms - This information will be updated in March of 2020.
  • If you participated in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program during a prior year, you are not automatically signed up the next year.
  • You may choose a different farm each year, however, you may only sign up with one farm per year.
  • You are not officially signed up until you complete and sign a Senior FarmShare Agreement Form with an authorized farm.
  • It is the senior's responsibility to contact an authorized farm to sign up for participation in the program.

The total number of seniors who qualify for Maine Senior FarmShare Program each year significantly outnumbers the number of FarmShares available in the program. Seniors will be put on a waiting list if the farm chosen has filled all their FarmShares.

Please understand that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee you a FarmShare.

2020 Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program you must:

  • Be a Maine resident
  • 60 years old or older (55 years old or older for Native Americans)

-AND-

Must have a gross annual household income (including all pensions, social security and other payments) of no more than 185% of the poverty level (see below):

  • Maximum of $23,107/per year for a one-person household; or
  • Maximum of $31,284/per year for a two-person household

Eligibility guidelines are updated annually, if you need assistance determining your eligibility to participate in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program, you can:

  • Call the Maine Senior FarmShare Program at 207-287-7526
  • Email donna.murray@maine.gov
  • Call the Area Agency on Aging by calling the ELDERS-1 toll-free number at 1-877-353-3771.

Seniors that qualify for the Maine Senior FarmShare Program may also qualify for other benefits.
For more information on other benefit opportunities:

Read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement (PDF)

Recipes and Resources

The benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables are plentiful! For specific information on the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables and for recipes click on the links below:

Farm Fresh Rewards LogoFarm Fresh Rewards - Double your SNAP dollars! Farm Fresh Rewards provides bonus local fruits and vegetables to anyone buying local products with SNAP/EBT at participating stores. Visit farmfreshrewards.org for more information and to find a store near you or contact Shannon Grimes at Maine Farmland Trust by email at shannon@mainefarmlandtrust.org or call (207) 338-6575. 

Farm Fresh Rewards LogoMaine Harvest Bucks - Double your SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps at farmers’ markets, farm stands and CSA’s with Maine Harvest Bucks. Maine Harvest Bucks are known as “nutrition incentives,” which increase the value of federal nutrition assistance dollars (SNAP/EBT) spent at participating markets. For every dollar you spend with your SNAP/EBT card at a market, you’ll receive an extra “buck” in Maine Harvest Bucks to be spent on fruits and vegetables. Maine Harvest Bucks can be spent that day, or saved for later in the month or year when you want to spend them! 


Farm Fresh Rewards LogoMaine SNAP-Ed - Helps you shop, cook and eat healthy on a budget. Making the most of your food budget is a challenge – but with some simple tips, they can help you feed your family healthy foods and save money! For more information, e-mail Maine SNAP-Ed at mainesnap-ed@une.edu or call 207-221-4560


USDA Food and Nutrition Service


UMaine Cooperative Extension: Food & Health

Seniors that qualify for the Maine Senior FarmShare Program may also qualify for other benefits.

For more information on other benefit opportunities:


Information for New Farmers

Opportunities for Farmers to Participate

  • Are you a Maine Farmer?
  • Do you grow one or more acres of mixed produce?
  • Can your farm offer a minimum of 5 different produce items over an 8-week period?

If you are interested in participating in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program, and you answered yes to these three questions, you may be eligible!

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program is accepting applications for the 2020 season. To apply please complete our online form.


Participating Farmers

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program is now online!

Register and access your account in MOSSA

Download the MOSSA Training Guide (PDF)

Important Reminders for Farmers

  • Farmer Applications must be submitted in MOSSA by February 28, 2020.
  • All participating farmers are required to complete the Maine Senior FarmShare Program training every year prior to submitting the application.
  • Senior sign-up begins April 1.

Farmer Resources

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.