AgrAbility eNote: A Monthly Update for AgrAbility Projects and Friends of AgrAbility

Maine sign showing silouette of farmer; text reads: Aging Farmers, what's your body telling youAgrAbility staff and advisory council members spent 3 days the 75th Annual Agricultural Trades show. The theme of the booth was “Aging Farmers: What’s your body telling you?” It proved to be a fun way to engage people in how agriculture impacts them — reducing stress and feeling healthier to less strength and increased mobility issues. It also allowed us to share information about AgrAbility and our many publications for them to take home. We even had a visit from Kris Kringle!

Maine AgrAbility attended the 2016 Grow Maine Green Expo on January 20, 2016, the annual meeting for the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association and the Maine Arborist Association. Many connections were made during this event held in Augusta, and we were able to share our newest example of gardening AT, the Stand’n Plant.

AgrAbility display table

Maine AgrAbility also had a booth at the two-day Potato Conference in Caribou, Maine. Visiting with growers in northern Maine always brings farm safety to the forefront of discussions. Aroostook county is predominantly large-scale commercial potato farms — much different than the smaller diversified farms in southern Maine. At this event, we shared information on tractor and PTO safety, PPE and adaptive tools and devices.

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