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: Chery; Rich, Department Chair
Phone: (207)741-5780

SMCC Course Catalogue and Class Descriptions

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Farm Credit East +

Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine +

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

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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship +

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

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Regional Resources

In addition to the educational opportunities located in Maine, there are numerous opportunities available at the click of a mouse or a short drive away. Please see the following list for colleges, universities, and educational programs in the Northeast.

Cornell University Northeast Beginning Farmers Project +

Courses and Course Descriptions
Phone: (607) 255-9911
15B Plant Science
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

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Southern New Hampshire University +

Program Finder: Environmental
Admissions Office
Telephone: 603-645-9611

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University of Connecticut +

UCONN Academic Programs
Telephone: 860-486-2919
Fax: 860-486-4643

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University of Massachusetts +

Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Sustainable Food and Farming Online Program
Annual Online Class Schedule
Admissions Office
243 Whitmore Admin Building
181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA, 01003
Phone: (413) 545-0222
Fax: (413) 545-4312

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University of New Hampshire +

UNH College of Life Sciences & Agriculture
Rudman Hall
46 College Road, Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Dr. Regina A. Smick-Attisano, Director
Phone: (603) 862-1025
Deborah A. Pack, Admissions Officer IIs
Phone: (603) 862-2874

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University of Rhode Island +

URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Center for the Biotechnology and Life Sciences
120 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881-2020
Phone: (401) 874-2957

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University of Vermont +

UV College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Morrill Hall Room 106
146 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405

For student and academic inquiries, please contact:
CALS Student Services (802) 656-2980, Fax: (802) 656-0290
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
For all other CALS or Agricultural Experiment Station inquiries,
please contact:
CALS Dean's Office (802) 656-0137, Fax: (802) 656-0290
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

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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