Monitored study of broomcorn growth in Hancock County, Maine

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $3,682.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:


  • Additional Plants: ornamentals


  • Crop Production: organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study, value added
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, employment opportunities

    Proposal summary:

    Local broom makers do not have a domestic supply of broomcorn, sourcing their supply from Mexico. This project will investigate the potential for growing broomcorn in northern Maine, and will evaluate its feasibility for producing quality brooms. Outreach will be through a field day, website, and written materials.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.