Monthly Update on Maine AgrAbility

2017 Fishermen’s Forum Exhibit

On March 2-4, Maine AgrAbility exhibited at the 3-day Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland, Maine. This event hosts fishermen, gear suppliers, scientists, government and other stakeholders to collaborate on all things fishing: markets, resource status, regulations, the latest in technology, the environment and more. Maine AgrAbility’s – FishAbility program featured Universal design as it applies to the fishing tools, vessels and work spaces.

Project coordinator Lani Carlson, attended the 2017 Maine Aquaculture R&D & Education Summit on Monday March 6th. Approximately 150 attended the event, representing every part of the aquaculture sector: growers, processors, regulators, managers, researchers, K-12 teachers, informal educators, NGOs, service providers, investors, and small business development support providers, to meet, exchange ideas, and explore innovative, cutting edge solutions for Maine’s aquaculture industry needs.

On March 9th, Maine AgrAbility hosted a Cultural Diversity Training for staff, advisory council members, veteran farmers and Ag-service providers. The training was facilitated by Visions, Inc.

L-R Richard Brzozowski, Lelan Dixon (USDA), Aida Balsano (USDA), Ellen Gibson, Lani Carlson, Ketra Crosson, Dan Vigue
(L-R) R. Brzozowski, L. Dixon (USDA), A. Balsano (USDA), E. Gibson, L. Carlson, K. Crosson, D. Vigue

Maine AgrAbility staff had a great time learning and sharing information at the NTW in Knoxville. During the NTW, four Maine staff members presented three workshops: Keeping Kids Safe on the Farm, Universal Design on the Farm and Planning and Maintaining a Useful Farm Shop.

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