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Welcome to Maine AgrAbility

AgrAbility: Cultivating Accessible Agriculture

 

Helping Maine farmers to continue to farm successfully.


Our mission is to assist Maine agriculture workers and their families with disabilities so they may continue working in agriculture, safely.

Maine AgrAbility …

  • provides consultative services and technical assistance, such as suggestions for modifying or adapting the agricultural operation, buildings, equipment, and/or tools.
  • works with rural agriculture, rehabilitation, and health care professionals to support Maine farmers with disabilities and their families.
  • shares information and resources across Maine through networking activities.

There are an estimated 5,700 farmers, farm family members, or farm workers in Maine with a chronic health condition or disability.* If you fall into this category, or know someone who does, contact Maine AgrAbility for more information. You can also ask for an assessment of your situation and farm operation. There is no fee for our services.

*Maine AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions, including, but not limited to, arthritis, spinal cord injuries/paralysis, back impairments, amputations, brain injury, visual impairments, hearing impairments, disabling diseases, cerebral palsy, respiratory impairments, and head injury.


 


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Farming Success Stories:

Learn more about how Maine AgrAbility works with farmers and gardeners to help them continue to farm successfully.


 

Maine AgrAbility is a non-profit collaboration of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, and Alpha One; Maine AgrAbility is part of a nationwide network of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs begun through the 1990 Farm Bill. The goal of the National AgrAbility Project is to inform, educate, and assist farmers, ranchers, farm workers, and their families with disabilities, so they can continue to have successful careers in agriculture.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension   Goodwill   Alpha One: Powering Independent Living