Study shows organic farms have grown in Maine

Posted Jan. 12, 2011, at 2:45 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An organic farming association has released a study showing Maine’s organic farmers generate more than $36 million in annual sales and support 1,600 jobs.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association released its study, “Maine’s Organic Farms: An Impact Report,” at the state’s annual farm show in Augusta on Tuesday.

Executive Director Russell Libby said the study found that nearly 600 farms were selling organic products in 2007, up from just 41 in 1988.

Libby says organic farms account for about 7 percent of the state’s overall farming acreage, assets and gross revenue.