Maine's only dedicated organic grain mill was built in 1963 on a 2-acre plot in Auburn, Maine, right next to the railroad tracks. It has a loading and weighing station and 10 storage tanks. (Photo: Daryn Slover/Sun Journal
Maine’s only dedicated organic grain mill was built in 1963 on a 2-acre plot in Auburn, Maine, right next to the railroad tracks. It has a loading and weighing station and 10 storage tanks. (Photo: Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Below you will find a directory of resources that help farmers, agricultural service providers, and economic development professionals work together to develop the products, services, markets and business structures that are needed to sustain agriculture in the Northeast.

Group-Based Agricultural Businesses

  • Together We Prosper: Group-Based Businesses Sustaining Agriculture in the Northeast (PowerPoint)This guide provides access to group-based business production, distribution and marketing concepts, models and best practices. In so doing we hope to not only strengthen farmer efforts at collaboration, but equally important to contribute to the development of a strong network of agriculture service providers and business specialists supportive of their efforts. This resource would not be possible without the generous support of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NE SARE) and the many hours of fruitful dialogue and debate among the Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee for this project. Some of the information was taken from The Cooperative Leader, editor Jane Livingston, published by Cooperative Development Institute. And because this site is a work in progress, we encourage you to send your suggestions for improving the guide, resources to add, links to make, etc. to the Cooperative Development Institute: info@cdi.coop.

Equipment Sharing Co-ops

Other Agricultural Resources

Resources for Farmers’ Markets

Publications and Websites

Associations

Compliance and Safety Issues

Government Websites

Market Management

Controlling Chaos: Suggested Guidelines for Implementation and Management of a Retail Farmers’ Market

http://www.loyno.edu/economics.institute/chaosbook.html

Establishing and Operating a Community Farmers’ Market (University of Kentucky)

http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/aec/aec77/aec77.htm

Farmers’ Market Online – Information and Equipment for Market Operations

http://www.farmersmarketonline.com/Farmdire.htm

Farmers’ Market Resources for Market Managers – MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources

http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/farmersmarkets/resources_managers.htm

How to Run a Successful Farmers’ Market

http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/farmersmarkets/Start_a_market.htm

Market Gardening: A Startup Guide – Information on Managing and Marketing Farmers’ Markets

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/marketgardening.html

 

 

Market Planning

Developing a Farmers’ Market

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/community_development/farmers_market.html

Farmers’ Market Business Planning Checklist (University of Colorado)

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/farmmgt/04007.html

Planning and Developing a Farmers’ Market: Marketing, Organization and Regulatory Issues to Consider

http://dare.agsci.colostate.edu/csuagecon/extension/documents/ABMR-Feb05-01.pdf

Starting a Farmers’ Market (University of Florida)

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FY639

Starting a Farmers’ Market the Right Way

http://www.newfarm.org/features/2006/0206/frmmrkt/king.shtml

Starting your Own Farmers’ Market (MN Farmers’ Market Association)

http://www.mfma.org/Starting%20your%20own%20Farmers%20Market.htm

 

 

Market Promotion

ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: Farmers’ Markets – Marketing & Business Guide

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/farmmrkt.html

Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism Handbook

http://cals.arizona.edu/arec/pubs/dmkt/dmkt.html

Direct Marketing Resource Guide

http://www.sare.org/publications/dmrg.htm

USDA Farmer Direct Marketing

http://www.ams.usda.gov/DIRECTMARKETING/

 

Nutrition Programs

National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs

http://www.nafmnp.org/

WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (Women, Infants and Children) – Making food vouchers available for use at farmers’ markets

http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/FMNP/FMNPfaqs.htm

 

Organizations and Institutions of Service

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

http://www.agmrc.org/agmrc/business/operatingbusiness/farmersmarketslinks.htm

Agricultural Marketing Service – AMS Farmers’ Market Information

http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/

CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture)

http://www.buylocalfood.com/

Community Food Security Coalition

http://www.foodsecurity.org/

Cooperative Development Institute

www.cdi.coop

Local Harvest

http://www.localharvest.org/

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

http://www.mofga.org/

Northeast Organic Farming Association/Vermont

http://www.nofavt.org/

RIPE New England

http://www.ripene.org/

Slow Food Boston

http://www.slowfoodboston.com/index.php

Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP)

http://www.umassd.edu/semap/

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

www.sare.org