Organic farmers get nearly $600,000 grant for training
A group representing Maine organic growers has received a grant to train the next generation of farmers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s grant will support training 116 beginning farmers over the next three years.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will use the money for its existing training program and a new Maine Farm Resilience Program.
The group says more than 92 percent of the Journeyperson Training Program’s participants over the last 18 years are still farming. That’s in contract to over half of all farms failing nationally in their first five years.
The group will use some of its grant to help farmers move beyond their startup phases.