AgrAbility News for October 2020

Maine AgrAbility News

group photo of veteransBoots 2 Bushels (B2B) Program 2020 -Boot Camp for Market gardeners and Farmers. Starting and running a farming program during a global pandemic certainly had its challenges – and rewards! Maine AgrAbility staff were able to pivot from in-person learning to remote learning and were, gratefully, able to have in-person field work. A huge thank you went out to all who made this work – their flexibility, creativity, and generosity was appreciated.


man giving hand signal to woman on tractor

4 people gathers around a tractor implement talking

We’re moving ahead with planning for B2B 2021! Maine AgrAbility was able to successfully coordinate a signed memorandum of agreement between the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Kennebec Valley Community College to allow B2B 2021 use of the farm facility at KVCC! Staff have access to the classrooms, farm space, and equipment, and have already started prepping the field that will be filled with veggies next season. The hands-on field workday included tractor safety, tractor implements, and tilling the field – all the time observing health and safety protocols.

National AgrAbility News

The inaugural AgrAbility Virtual State Fair (VSF) is in full swing! So far, VSF Facebook posts, including pre-fair promotion, have reached more than 11,000 people, and VSF Twitter impressions (total tally of all the times the Tweets have been seen) have exceeded 40,000. Please follow, like, and share VSF posts so that all of AgrAbility can benefit from this awareness event.

Toolbox Spotlight

man picking up leaves

Fall is here and leaves are falling! Looking somewhat like giant bear claws, a pair of Handheld Leaf/Debris Grabbers allows one-with a reduced amount of bending-to rake together then pick up all manner of yard and garden debris. Measuring up to 2 feet tall and 1 ½ feet wide at their base, these rake-shaped, lightweight plastic tools have hand-hold grips that also support the lower arm.