RESCHEDULED! Forum: Growing Farm Friendly Communities

rescheduled farm forum.jpg

Forum: Growing Farm Friendly Communities

Current & new tools to support farms in your town


Monday, March 26

Bowdoinham Town Hall, Coombs Building, 13 School St, Bowdoinham

Hear community & municipal leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together.

Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability & Farmland Protection Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry will moderate this panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience Q&, etworkin, and connecting directly to available resource.

For More Info & to RSVP


  • Adam Bishop, Farmland Protection Program Director, Maine Farmland Trust
  • Sally Harwood, Co-Chair Agriculture Commission, Town of Winslow
  • Rod Melanson, Planning Director, Town of Topsham


  • 8:15 Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast & Coffee
  • 8:45a Welcome & Panel Presentations
    • Current Use Tax Programs
    • Easements & Other Conservation Options
    • Form-Based Code Approach to Creating Space for Agriculture
    • Topsham’s Local Farms-Local Food Initiative & Other Programs
    • Agriculture Commissions, the What & How
    • Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program (VMFSP)
  • 10:30a Audience Question & Answer
  • 11a Program Concludes; Additional time to explore available resources


  • $10 Active Farmers
  • $15 GrowSmart Maine & BCDI Members
  • $25 General Public

Credit Card, Cash or Check Accepted. 

Please register online in advance so we know you are attending!

Register Online & See More information: 

Join the event on Facebook & invite your friends:   

Co-hosted by GrowSmart Maine & BCDI in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust