Potential Member Survey (2012)
Member Financial Interviews (2013-2014)
The member financial interviews were in-depth, 2 to 3 hour in-person interviews conducted with farm and food business members of MOFGA, Maine Farmland Trust, the Maine Cheese Guild, the Maine Grain Alliance and the Maine Craft Brewers Guild. The goal of these interviews was understand the histories, goals, business models and challenges of Maine’s small farms and food businesses. Special emphasis was placed on understanding these businesses’ financing relationships and the nature of any financing needs that were not being adequately met by current sources. 36 interviews were conducted and indicated that growth in the sector was strong and that lack of adequate financing was a significant challenge, particularly around obtaining financing for land.