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Maine Farmland Trust




Contact Information

Main Contact

  • Amanda Beal, Executive Director
  • 97 Main Street
  • Belfast, ME 04915
  • Phone: 207-338-6575 |  FAX: 207-338-6024
  • Email: abeal@mainefarmlandtrust.org

MLTN Member

Mission Statement

To permanently preserve and protect Maine's agricultural land; to assist landowners, land trusts, and municipal and state agencies in identifying and protecting agricultural land; and to make those agricultural lands available for farmers in the future.

Region

Statewide

Quick Facts

  • Number of Staff: 30.00
  • Membership: 5300
  • Annual Meeting: November
  • Newsletter: Maine Farmland Trust News, published 2 time(s) annually.
  • Acres owned: 2,883.5
  • Number of Parcels: 21
  • Acres under Conservation Easement: 19,106
  • Number of Parcels: 128
  • Founded: 1999

  • Donated Easements: We work with farmland owners who wish to protect their land by donating easements.
  • Purchased Easements: We assist farmland owners who are interested in selling easements under the Land for Maine's Future program (LMF) or the federal Farmland and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP).
  • FarmLink: We connect prospective farmers seeking farmland with retiring farmers and other farmland owners who wish to see their agricultural lands remain active.
  • Buy/Protect/Sell: We purchase vulnerable farms, preserve them and then re-sell them to interested farmers (at their "farmland value", not "development value").
  • Farm Viability:  MFT draws on a diverse network of agricultural experts and resources to help participating farmers initiate new operations, reach new markets, or take other steps to enhance future success. In exchange for some services, participating farmers grant "term easements" to MFT to ensure the protection of their farms for an agreed upon amount of time, usually ten years.

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