Cultivating Community is proud to be a member of the Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine (BFRN), a coalition of diverse service providers working to ensure success for Maine’s newest generation of food producers. The BFRN website is loaded with resources for farmers in their first five years of operation and beyond, and also includes links to the services of all the partnering organizations.

Check out the wealth of tools on the BFRN website and be sure to take advantage of the strong network of service providers here in Maine.

Through our national-level networking with other farmer training programs, we’re constantly coming across new resources for beginning farmers that we incorporate into our work. Here are two more initiatives that organize loads of information into meaningful, useful tools:

Northeast Beginning Farmers’ Project

National Young Farmers Coalition

And, last but not least, here are three of the most thumbed-through books on our staff bookshelf. This is by no means a comprehensive list or a “where to get started” list—just three of our all-times faves. The first two are available as PDFs.

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers–this is a very specific, highly practical guide to planning production and harvest.

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management–issued by Cornell Unviersity (with Maine farming expert Eric Sideman contributing), this is a detailed reference tool for when you spot trouble in the field.

The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook–Through the lens of business viability, veteran farmer Richard Wiswall touches on every aspect of operations, from production to marketing to labor. Simply packed with useful information.

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