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Growing Main

Growing Maine received a $2,500,000 Round Two grant award to develop degree and certificate programs in the areas of Sustainable Agriculture and Culinary Arts. These two programs address a critical gap in educational offerings for individuals interested in pursuing employment in the growing “farm to table” industry in Maine.


Defining Features of Project:

  • Offers the state’s only two-year Associates degree program for Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Prior to this program, an on-farm apprenticeship or a four-year degree program were the only post-secondary options for developing new agricultural professionals.
  • The Culinary Arts program is well-positioned to be a leader in promoting farm to table dining in the New England region.

Project and Outcome Report
ProjectGrowing Maine
InstitutionKennebec Valley Community College
Outcome ReportGrowing Maine Final Evaluation Report
Industry SectorSustainable Agriculture and Culinary Arts
Grant Completed9/30/16
Grant Amount$2,500,000
State Profile ReportMain State Profile Report
Participation Metrics
Participation227 participants
Short-certificates earned (1 year or less)--
Long certificates earned (1 year or more)--
Two-year degrees earned18 students

*= As of the time of the Final Evaluation Report
Source: Grantee’s Third-Party Evaluation