Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Journeyperson Program

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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 reviews Journeyperson applications once a year, in late January. If participants are wishing to take Farm Beginnings that winter there is an early application date in October.

Please note there is a $200 participation fee for the Journeyperson program. At the time of acceptance, you may apply for a scholarship to cover this fee.

To Apply:

Download a Program Application (Word docx format)

Complete and return via email to

Application Deadlines:

  • Early JP application (for Farm Beginnings): Monday, September 30, 2019
  • JP standard application: Thursday, January 30, 2020

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


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