How do I protect my employees? Where can I sell my produce now that my farmers market closed? Is there grant money available for my business? Despite the pandemic we find ourselves facing, Maine has mobilized, and an incredible amount of resources have become available to farmers to help provide financial relief as well as business guidance during this difficult time. Below is a list of these resources as well as helpful advice on the laws that are in flux.
Maine Department of Agriculture: COVID-19 Information for Agriculture and Food Business This is the primary resource for COVID-19 related questions for farm and food businesses. Since this is an evolving pandemic, visit this page often for the most up to date information.
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Statement to Consumers Regarding the Safety of Maine Food COVID-19 is not a food-borne illness. However, procuring food during the pandemic can be stressful, and Maine consumers have justifiable concerns about the safe handling of their food.
COVID-19 and Farmers Markets Guidance given by Maine Federation of Farmers Markets
UMaine Beginning Farmer Resource Network: COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Farmers A comprehensive list of resources for Maine farms facing coronavirus impact.
UMaine Cooperative Extension/FAQs The extension school is opening its doors for COVID-19 and Maine agriculture questions. Submit your questions here.
UMaine Cooperative Extension/Food & Health COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Food Producers and Produce Growers.
UMaine Cooperative Extension/Food & Health COVID-19 Food Safety Information for Maine Consumers
UMaine Farm Product and Pick-up Directory Post where you will be selling your products or find where other farms are selling theirs.
MOFGA Support for Maine Farmers Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has compiled a list of resources and links.
Legal Guides developed by the Hub:
COVID19 Maine Sick Leave As of April 1, 2020 this document explains what Maine farmers need to know about employee sick time and leave.
COVID19 Maine Farm and Food Safety As of April 1, 2020 this document explains what Maine farmers need to know about employee safety and consumer safety.
COVID19 Maine Unemployment Insurance As of April 1, 2020 this document explains what Maine farmers need to know about unemployment laws.
Please feel free to email us with any questions and we will do our best to help.