Maine Farmers’ Markets Seeks Nonprofit Status & Trademark Protection

About: The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) is a grassroots farmer-focused nonprofit that serves as a hub and resource for farmers’ markets in Maine. Founded in 1991 as an all-volunteer organization, MFFM hired its first full-time staffer in 2011. They aim to cultivate a sustainable farmers’ market community by working with farmers, consumers, and communities to make wholesome, locally grown foods available to all residents.

Legal Need: MFFM sought assistance with filing for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. In addition, MFFM wished to file for trademark protection.

Lawyer: The Legal Food Hub matched MFFM with attorneys David B. McConnell (Perkins Thompson) and Kenleigh Nicolletta (Brann & Isaacson). David utilized his expertise in intellectual property law to assist MFFM with its trademark issues, while Kenleigh brought experience assisting nonprofits to qualify for tax-exempt status.