Storytelling, relationship-building, and problem-solving for accessing farmland and growing the food and farm economy in the LA Maine Region.
About this Event
For Lewiston-Auburn (LA) Region farm seekers, retiring farmers, land owners, service providers, city/town officials, staff, & economic development professionals:
- Are you a farmer looking for land in the LA Region?
- Are you a farmer in the LA Region wondering what will happen when you’re ready to stop farming?
- Are you a landowner in the LA Region thinking about making your property available for farming?
- Are you a service provider who helps with issues related to farmland access?
- Are you a city/town official, staff person, or economic development professional in the LA Region interested in connecting with farmers and others about ways to grow the food and farm economy?
Join us for an inspiring half-day of storytelling, relationship-building, and presentations to better understand opportunities for accessing, transferring, and saving farmland, and for growing the local food and farm business sector in the Lewiston-Auburn Region.
Have childcare or transportation needs to attend this event? We can help. Let us know during registration.
The Lewiston-Auburn (LA) Region has a historic opportunity to utilize abundant natural resources and springboard economic development in the Food and Farm business sector. Across the state, momentum is building as entrepreneurs, farmers, manufacturers, culinary professionals, and the tourism industry have been growing the food economy in Maine, and we have the potential in our region to attract and retain people to “Grow it Here.” The LA Region is also rooted in farming heritage and contains vast farmland with agricultural soils of statewide significance. Many existing farm owners will be considering retirement in the next 5-10 years and much of this land will change hands. At the same time, the LA Region is home to many who are searching for land to farm.
Recognizing an opportunity for relationship-building, education around this historic opportunity, and the abundance of options, the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn is organizing this event in cooperation with local, state, and regional partners.
Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn - Cooperative Development Institute - Maine Farmland Trust - Somali Bantu Community Association - Androscoggin Land Trust - Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Land in Common community land trust - Cultivating Community - FoodCorps Maine - St. Mary's Nutrition Center - Land For Good - Lewiston and Auburn Residents