Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Journeyperson Program

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Get started in small-scale organic farming through MOFGA's
Journeyperson Farm Training Program







Meet the 2017-2018 Journeypersons



MOFGA seeks applicants who are serious about operating farm businesses in Maine that will make significant contributions to the agricultural community and economy. While open to farms at any stage of development, the program is best utilized by those who have an established farm business with secure land tenure and will use this program as a tangible step toward achieving their farm goals.

MOFGA seeks application to the Journeyperson program from farms that meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of two years farming experience
  • One calendar year of farm experience in Maine
  • A demonstrated commitment to farming in Maine
  • Measurable contributions to Maine’s agricultural economy
  • Production goals of feeding their community and region
  • A demonstrated commitment to sustainable practices; including, but not limited to organic production

The MOFGA Journeyperson program, while open to any farm that meets the above criteria is best suited for farms that have:

  • Secure medium to long-term land tenure*
  • A focus on livestock and/or crop production for direct to consumer and wholesale markets
  • An established farm business and need support to refine their vision, apply whole-farm planning practices and have the time to fully utilize the resources of the program.

* MOFGA can provide resources to assist in obtaining land tenure – please contact the Journeyperson Program at ASAP.

Components of the Program

MOFGA offers participants in the JP Program a 2-year package of support, including:

  • Mentorship. As a MOFGA Journeyperson you will choose a mentor, who will be paid by MOFGA for their role as your mentor. You will also be assigned a mentor from MOFGA's Agricultural Services staff.
  • Free access to MOFGA resources. This includes technical advice from our Agricultural Services staff, business planning help, free admission to MOFGA-sponsored events, workshops, and conferences, access to MOFGA's farmer network, and farm visits from MOFGA staff and advisors.
  • An educational stipend of $500 per year, which can be spent on classes, workshops, or conferences related to farming, or books, videos, computer programs, etc., that are educational in nature.
  • $600 stipend towards the Farm Beginnings whole-farm and business-planning course.
  • Discount with FEDCO & Organic Growers Supply.
  • Discount with Johnny's Selected Seeds
  • Access to the Shared Use Farm Equipment pool
  • Assistance and support for land access and tenure issues through partnerships with Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good
  • Access to the MOFGA Organic Farmers' Loan Fund


MOFGA expects all Journeyperson Program participants to:

  • Provide regular, timely updates about farm progress and report any changes in farm land tenure;
  • Provide a photo and biography for use in program promotion no later than April 1st each year;
  • Choose a mentor; utilize them well through both in person meetings and regular communication throughout the year;
  • Submit completed mentor agreement no later than June 1st each year;
  • Utilize the provided education stipend to further their farm goals;
  • Complete year-end self evaluations;
  • Give back to the MOFGA community through promotion of the program, teaching opportunities and the like;
  • Employ sustainable farming practices; including, but not limited to organic production.
Journeyperson Program graduate, Cate Stoner shows MOFGA's Organic Crop Specialist, Eric Sideman around on a recent farm visit.


MOFGA reviews Journeyperson applications twice a year, in late January and mid-October. We notify successful applicants by early March or mid-October. Every 2 years we recruit for our Farmer-in-Residence position, with an application deadline in the fall. Applications for the Farmer(s)-in-Residence position will next be solicited in Fall 2020.

To Apply:

Download a Program Application (Word doc format)

Complete and return via email to

Application Deadlines:

  • Winter JP application: Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Fall JP application: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Farm Beginnings: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Farmer In Residence: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

For more information, contact or call 207-568-6016.