Jan 232016
 

The Maine Farm Bureau has partnered with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to assess the educational needs of farmers, growers, and farm employees in Maine.  A short survey has been developed to determine these needs across the state.  Your input is appreciated.

It will likely take 5 minutes or less to complete this survey.  Please complete the survey as soon as possible and by February 29, 2016.

Feel free to invite other individuals on your farm to complete the survey, including employees.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AgEducationSurvey2016

If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please call the Maine Farm Bureau Office at 207-622-4111.


 

Reprinted from Central Maine Farming Newsletter published by UMaine Cooperative Extension. You can sign up to receive the newsletter through your email or view the archived issues anytime at  http://bit.ly/PPfarming.

Jan 212016
 

Farm Market Conv
MFFM’s annual farmers’ market convention will take place on Sunday, January 31st, at the Maple Hill Farm Inn and Convention Center in Hallowell (just outside of Augusta). This day-long convention will bring together market farmers, market managers, and others for a day of shop talk and networking. As usual, we’ll have breakout sessions all day on a variety of topics, including:

  • Food safety requirements for a safe and legal farmers’ market
  • Pricing: breaking even or making a profit?
  • Scaling up your FM business
  • Working with municipal governments – how to build good relationships
  • Developing (and enforcing) market rules
  • Effective outreach to low-income shoppers
  • Market promotion and outreach
  • Farmers’ markets in 2020 and beyond
  • Labor law and your FM business
  • Market manager roundtable discussion
  • What’s happening at your market? News from around the state

Register online or by emailing infoatmffmdotorg  (infoatmffmdotorg)