Maybe you love working outside, you’re wondering what to do with some family property, or you want to turn your gardening ‘bug’ into a business. If you are thinking of starting a farm, information at the outset can put you on the road to success by saving you time, money, and energy.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a five-session Beginning Farmer Series in Waldo starting March 13. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

UMaine Extension educators Rick Kersbergen and Caragh Fitzgerald will collaborate with farmers and other experts from around the region to present this series. Novice farmers will be given the tools to evaluate and choose enterprises, develop a business plan, and market their products.

Cost is $60 per farm and includes course books and other program materials. Registration ends March 7. For more information, contact Caragh Fitzgerald at 622-7546 (toll free 1-800-287-1481 in Maine), TDD 1-800-287-8957, or email

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Caragh Fitzgerald at 1-800-287-1481 to discuss their needs, at least seven days in advance.