ROCKPORT — The Mid Coast Farmers Alliance with the support of Maine Farmland Trust invites regional food buyers to complete a survey assessing their needs for local produce. This survey will help connect local food buyers to the products they need and inform marketing decisions for local growers. All commercial Food Buyers including general stores, restaurants, grocers, schools and hospitals are encouraged to participate. The Buyers Survey, which launched March 21, can be accessed on-line at surveymonkey.com and will be open until June 1.
The Mid Coast Farmers Alliance is an informal group of growers and agricultural service providers who have been meeting over the past several years to address common issues for farmers. In 2016 we conducted a preliminary Producer’s Survey completed by 35 growers. Over 50 % of respondents were interested in expanding their operations and collaborating with other growers to reach a wider range of markets. On completion of the buyers survey, the Alliance plans to conduct an updated producers survey.
The Mid Coast Farmers Alliance buyers survey is co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust/Aldermere Farm, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Time and Tide Resource Conservation & Development. For questions or more information contact Aaron Englander at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-236-2639.