Agricultural Training and Educational Resources

Looking to learn more about current farming practices and enhance your background in agriculture? The Agricultural Resource Development Division has compiled the following list of resources in order to assist farmers and persons interested in furthering their agricultural education and skills set. The list contains links to agriculture classes, programs and trainings offered at institutions within Maine, as well as across the Northeast region. Please see the listings below and if you have further questions, contact the individual identified.

Maine Training Resources

University of Maine at Orono +

School of Food and Agriculture
5763 Rogers Hall, Room 210
Orono, ME 04469-5763
Contact: Karen Cliff, Adminstrative Support Specialist
Phone: (207) 581-2947
Fax: (207) 581-2999

UM Course Catalog and Class Descriptions

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University of Maine at Presque Isle +

UM Presque Isle Environmental Science & Sustainability Program
315 South Hall
181 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769
Contact: Jason Johnston, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Phone: (207) 768-9652
Fax:(207) 768-9553

UMPI Course Catalog and Class Descriptions

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension +

UM Cooperative Extension Agricultural Programs
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: (207) 581-3188

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Unity College +

Unity College Majors
90 Quaker Hill Road
Unity, Maine 04988
Contact: Joseph Saltalamachia, Associate Director Admissions
Phone: 207-509-7205
Fax: (207) 512-1212

Unity College Course Catalog and Class Descriptions

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College of the Atlantic +

Farming & Food Systems
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Contact: Marie Stivers, Director of Academic and Administrative Services
Phone: (207) 801-5631

COA Course Catalog and Class Descriptions

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Southern Maine Community College +

Horticulture Program
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106
Contact: Cheryl Rich, Department Chair
Phone: (207) 741-5780

SMCC Course Catalogue and Class Descriptions

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Service Provider Resources

Farm Credit East +

Maine Farmer Resource Network +

MFRN Resources and Assistance
Contact: Tori Jackson, Associate Professor; Extension Educator
Phone: (207) 353-5550 or (800) 287-1458

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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship +

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship 
Contact: Rick Kersbergen, Education Coordinator - Maine
Phone: 207-342-5971

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Maine Farmland Trust +

Business of Farming - For experienced farmers looking to analyze their current business model. Students receive a $1,000 seed grant for program completion. Registration open through Dec. 14th with workshops in January and February

Farming for Wholesale - For experienced farmers with existing wholesale accounts who are looking to scale significantly. Applications accepted until November 30th.

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Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association +

Farm Beginnings - Designed for farmers with at least one year of production experience. course in THe course runs January-February each year.

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension +

So You Think You Want to Farm In Maine - Designed for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their hobby farm into a business. Course starts in April.

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Have an educational program that you'd like to see added to the list of resources? Please contact Yvette Meunier at