Maine Senior Farmshare: For Farmers

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Become an Authorized Farm

  • 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

Farmer Resources for Authorized Farms

Guideline Documents

Maine Online Senior Share Access (MOSSA)

Forms for Authorized Farms

Shareable Social Media Graphics

Let seniors know your farm has available shares by creating a social media post. We have created graphics to help you share the news! Share the post on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page. Social Media Graphics for Farmers (ZIP).

Farmer Training

We provide assistance and training on:

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

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 use 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

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 30 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 30. 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

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