Maine’s potato growers have always been committed to sustainable farming practices. This commitment extends to every facet of growers work and guides the plans for future growth. Growers know that not only is sustainability important for their future, the future of their farms, and the future of their families, but also important to the consumers who eventually purchase and eat their products. Assuring long-term sensible use of open space means less chance of Maine’s working farms being sectioned off, sold, and developed for other uses.
Farm management philosophies for Maine’s potato growers are based on the principle of creating a farming community that focuses on the best choices for productivity, environmental stewardship, and prosperity. When these best practices are properly implemented growers can expect their farming operations to be economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable for years to come. We know that means good news for all!
In Maine, this comes easy. Maine was made for agriculture. With a climate naturally conducive to the growing, Maine potatoes reap the benefits of all the seasons. We have a growing season that has the right combination of sun and rain. Because of this, in Maine we use less irrigation than the national average.
In Maine, this comes naturally. Because our winters are longer and colder than many other areas that grow potatoes we naturally have less insects and other pests that can be problematic to growing potatoes. This means that Maine uses only one tenth of the active ingredient pesticides compared to the national average.
In Maine, we’re developing new varieties through traditional breeding methods. The Maine Potato Board and University of Maine are working together making great strides developing new varieties and have just introduced two new varieties to the market. The Easton, excellent for fries and the Sebec, great for chips, will both positively impact the industry.