Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications

The scene at many supermarket dairy aisles across the country: a sign where the organic milk should be. Demand is rising dramatically and there aren’t enough farmers to meet it, causing a nationwide shortage. In Maine, the average age of a dairy farmer is 57, and there are too few new farmers entering the field to take their place. Enter the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program. This 18-month, residential training program is the first of its kind in the nation. The new program aims to reverse the shrinking population of organic dairy farmers by infusing the industry with qualified and experienced farmers, increasing the number of organic dairy farms in Maine by 30% over the next five years.   The program is launching this year, thanks to a major grant from the Danone Ecosystem Fund and Stonyfield. Wolfe’s Neck Farm is now actively recruiting its first class of four students. Hands-On Learning Focused on Business Success Wolfe’s Neck Farm is a nonprofit organization based in Freeport, Maine dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture, education, and outdoor recreation while preserving its 626 acres of open space and historic buildings. This working saltwater farm has a rich history of farming innovation a

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