Maine Senior FarmShare Program

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) receives a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund the Maine Senior FarmShare Program (MSFP). This program provides eligible low-income seniors the opportunity to receive a share (worth $50) of first-quality, fresh, local produce at no cost directly from local Maine farmers during the growing season.

Information For Seniors
Information For Farmers
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Information for Seniors

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Information on finding a farm and how to sign up.
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Important Notes
Information you need to know about the program.
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Eligibility Requirements
Guidelines to participate in program.
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Recipes & Resources
Recipes and links to related programs.

Participating seniors receive a share (worth $50) of first-quality, fresh, local produce at no cost from a Maine Senior FarmShare Program authorized farm during the growing season.

How and When to Sign Up

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program 2020 season has ended. A full list of authorized farms will be posted April 1, 2021.

Important Notes

  • Choose a farm and sign up
    • Sign-up begins each year in April. The number of available senior shares is limited and on a first come first serve basis.
    • Once the farm you chose has produce available you can begin shopping!
  • Things to consider when choosing a farm:
    • Does the farm grow fruits and vegetables that you like?
    • Is the farmer close to you and easy for you to
      get to?
    • Does the farmer deliver, or do you pick up?
    • Can you shop and your produce or does the farmer prepackage produce for you?
  • REMINDER: If you participated in the program during a prior year, you are NOT automatically signed up the next year. You must contact the farm and sign up every year.
  • You may only sign up with one farm per year.
  • You are not officially signed up until you complete and sign a Senior FarmShare Agreement Form with an authorized farm.
  • It is the senior's responsibility to contact an authorized farm to sign up for participation in the program.

The total number of seniors who qualify for Maine Senior FarmShare Program each year significantly outnumbers the number of FarmShares available in the program. Seniors will be put on a waiting list if the farm they have chosen has filled all their Senior FarmShares.

2021 Eligibility Requirements

Please understand that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee you a Senior FarmShare.

To participate in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program you must:

  • Be a Maine resident
  • Be 60 years old or older (55 years old or older for Native Americans)
  • Meet the 2021 Income Guidelines:
    • Maximum of $23,606/per year for a one-person household; or
    • Maximum of $31,894/per year for a two-person household

Eligibility guidelines are updated annually, if you need assistance determining your eligibility you can:

  • Call the Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771; TTY users call Maine Relay 711.
  • Call the Maine Senior FarmShare Program at (207) 446-5550.
  • Email SeniorFarmShare.AGR@maine.gov

Read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement (PDF)

Recipes and Resources

All seniors that qualify for the Maine Senior FarmShare Program may also be eligible to participate in additional programs! Click on the links for more information about each program.

  • Farm Fresh Rewards LogoFarm Fresh Rewards - Double your SNAP dollars! Farm Fresh Rewards provides bonus local fruits and vegetables to anyone buying local products with SNAP/EBT at participating stores. Visit farmfreshrewards.org for more information and to find a store near you or contact Abby at Maine Farmland Trust by email at abby@mainefarmlandtrust.org or call (207) 338-6575.

  • Farm Fresh Rewards LogoMaine Harvest Bucks - Double your SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps at farmers’ markets, farm stands and CSA’s with Maine Harvest Bucks. Maine Harvest Bucks are known as “nutrition incentives,” which increase the value of federal nutrition assistance dollars (SNAP/EBT) spent at participating markets. For every dollar you spend with your SNAP/EBT card at a market, you’ll receive an extra “buck” in Maine Harvest Bucks to be spent on fruits and vegetables. Maine Harvest Bucks can be spent that day or saved for later in the month or year when you want to spend them! For more information email SNAP@mffm.org or call (207) 370-1524.

  • Farm Fresh Rewards LogoMaine SNAP-Ed - Helps you shop, cook and eat healthy on a budget. Making the most of your food budget is a challenge – but with some simple tips, they can help you feed your family healthy foods and save money! For more information, e-mail Maine SNAP-Ed at mainesnap-ed@une.edu or call 207-221-4560

  • USDA Food and Nutrition Service

  • UMaine Cooperative Extension: Food & Health

You may also qualify for other benefits. For more information:

Recipes

The benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables are plentiful! For specific information on the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables and for recipes click on the links below.


Information for Farmers

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Important Dates
Deadlines for Authorized Farms
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Forms
Forms for Authorized Farms
Schedule Appointment
Book an Appointment
Schedule a meeting, training & more with the Program Manager.
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Farmer Resources
Important Reminders, Program Information & FAQ's

How to Become an Authorized Farm for the Maine Senior FarmShare Program

  • Are you a Maine Farmer?
  • Do you grow one or more acres of mixed produce?
  • Can your farm offer a minimum of 5 different produce items over an 8-week period?

If you are interested in participating in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program, and you answered yes to these three questions, you may be eligible!

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program is accepting applications for new farms in all counties, please fill out a New Farm Request Form before April 30th to be an authorized farm for the current year. (To become an authorized farm for the MSFP, farms must meet all eligibility requirements in the MSFP Farmer Policies and Guidelines.)

New Farm Request Form


Book an Appointment

Use our online application called ‘Bookings’ where farmers may schedule a meeting, sign up for available trainings and request assistance from the Program Manager of the Maine Senior FarmShare Program.

Book Appointment

Important Dates: Annual Schedule and Deadlines for Authorized Farms

Month What's Happening & What's Due
January - March
  • Complete required annual farmer training.
  • Sign and submit Farmer Application in MOSSA.
  • Program Manage allocates shares to all authorized MSFP farms.
  • Share allocations are posted in MOSSA accounts.
April
  • Public information posted online.
  • MSFP webpage is updated with the current years authorized farms.
  • Eligible seniors may begin signing up for the season.
May - October
  • MSFP issues payments to farms for all eligible Senior FarmShare Agreement Forms entered into MOSSA.
July 31
  • Deadline to fill shares from first allocation or request a 30-day extension to fill remaining shares.
  • The MSFP begins the second allocation of shares by reallocating unfilled shares.
August
  • During the first week in August the MSFP will post second allocation share amounts in farm MOSSA accounts.
September 30
  • Final deadline to sign up senior participants for payment.
  • Farmers must enter all Senior FarmShare Agreement Forms into MOSSA by September 30. (Forms that are mailed must be signed by the participant no later than September 30th to be eligible.)
  • Farmers may continue to sign up senior participants as replacements.
October - November
  • Farmers begin recording share redemptions in MOSSA for end of season reporting.
  • All redemption reports must be completed no later than November 30th. NO EXCEPTIONS
December
  • All reimbursement checks that are due by farmers must be post marked on or before the second Friday of December.
  • Checks are made payable to: Treasurer, State of Maine
  • Checks must be mailed to:
    • Maine Senior FarmShare Program
      28 State House Station
      Augusta, ME 04333

Farmer Resources: Important Reminders, Program Information and FAQ’s for Authorized Farms

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Only foods that are listed on the MSFP Eligible Foods List can be purchased with Senior FarmShare benefit funds by participating seniors.

Maine Online Senior Share Access (MOSSA)

Forms for Authorized Farms

Farmer Training

We can provide assistance and training on:

  • Completing your end of season reporting
  • Completing your farmer application
  • Signing up participants

Book Appointment

Trainings listed below are for previously authorized farms.

2021 Annual Training

Farmers who participated in previous that will be applying again for the upcoming season are required to complete the MSFP annual farmer training. Please read the updated Maine Senior FarmShare Program (MSFP) Farmer Policies and Guidelines, including Appendix A, Civil Rights Training. Once you have read through both please click on the link below to take the short quiz. After you complete the quiz you will receive your confirmation code to complete your farm sign up in MOSSA.

Complete 2021 Farmer Training

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