the Senior FarmShare program provides low-income seniors the chance to receive fresh vegetables and fruits from Maine farmers during the growing season. Farmers sign up in January, seniors sign up in March and April.
Information for Seniors
2016 Eligibility Requirements: To participate in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program you must:
Be a Maine resident, 60 years old or older
Meet the income guidelines below:
Maximum of $21,775/per year for a one-person household; or
Maximum of $29,471/per year for a two-person household
These eligibility guidelines are updated annually and if you are uncertain about your eligibility to participate in the Maine Senior FarmShare Program, you should contact the Area Agency on Aging by calling the ELDERS-1 toll-free number at 1-877-353-3771.
Participants in the Senior FarmShare Program are entitled to receive a FarmShare ($50 worth) of first quality, fresh, local produce from a Maine farm for a core 8-week period during the growing season. The variety of produce and supply method will vary depending on the farm you choose.
A FarmShare is $50 worth of fresh, unprocessed Maine-grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs during the FarmShare season. Certain foods are not eligible for purchase with FarmShare benefits, these include;
- dried fruits or vegetables,
- potted fruit or vegetable plants,
- potted or dried herbs,
- wild rice,
- nuts of any kind (even raw),
- maple syrup,
- cider, and
The season is determined by the farmer and it varies at each farm. The FarmShare Program is based on an agreement between the senior and the farmer. The variety of produce and supply method varies depending on the farm the senior selects. Many participating farmers allow the senior to pick up their produce at specific farmers’ markets, or at their farm or farm stand. Some participating farmers deliver the produce to the senior at their homes or housing sites.
Seniors sign up directly with a participating farmer each year during March and April. Please see the participating farmers list. Please do not assume that you are automatically signed up if you participated in a prior year. You may choose a different farmer each year, but you can only sign up with one farmer per year.
The number of seniors who qualify for Senior FarmShare significantly outnumbers the number of FarmShares available for distribution. You can ask to be put on a waiting list if the farm you contact has filled all of their FarmShares. Please understand that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee you a FarmShare.
You are not officially signed up until you complete and sign an agreement with a farmer. These forms are available to the farmers in March. It is the senior's responsibility to contact a local farmer to sign up. Either use the participating farmers list or contact the Area Agency on Aging for assistance by calling the ELDERS-1 toll free number at 1-877-353-3771.
Contact Senior Farm Share Program
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Senior Farm Share Program is not employed by or affiliated with the Maine Land Conservation Assistance Network, and the Network does not certify or guarantee their services. The reader must perform their own due diligence and use their own judgment in the selection of any professional.
Contact Senior Farm Share Program
Senior FarmShare Manager
28 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 287-7526