AgrAbility News for June 2021

Maine AgrAbility News

Maine AgrAbility’s Boots-2-Bushels has started its monthly in-person workshops.  On June 14, the group met at Chase Stream Farm, an organic diversified farm to learn about irrigation systems. There was hands-on training of setting up an irrigation system in a high tunnel and practice transplanting seedlings using a Hatfield Planter.

Maine AgrAbility’s OT, Brie Weisman, gave an overview of the program, talked about assistive technology, body mechanics and discussed our Farmer Pain Tool. To see more photos from the field day,  see our post.


Our June 2021 article in the Commercial Fisheries News is about fishermen living and working with diabetes. Fishermen have additional challenges related to diabetes while working in harsh conditions on the ocean, such as wound care, medication and diet, and neuropathy issues. Check out the FishAbility article.

Toolbox Spotlight

The NIRA Wearable Smart Thermometer – a small device affixed to an adhesive patch that’s placed just below the armpit – is designed to constantly monitor one’s temperature, which is displayed (via secure app) on his/her smartphone. The phone will reportedly provide a visual alert at the first sign of abnormal temperature change so that the user can be proactive and take immediate, appropriate action.

National AgrAbility Project News

2022 NTW will be in-person!!!! The NAP is working with AgrAbility of Wisconsin and the Madison Concourse Hotel again to bring you an in-person NTW for 2022. Tentative dates are March 14-17. Anyone interested in joining the planning committee may email Tess at More information to come.

AgrAbility/North Central FRSAN webinar: “Stress and Migrant/Season Farmworkers.” Wednesday, August 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT. Featured presenters include Esmeralda Mandujano of California AgrAbility and Kimber Nicoletti-Martínez of the NAP. Registration opening soon.

AgrAbility logo with 1991-2021 and 30 years below itAgrAbility is celebrating its 30th anniversary! NAP would appreciate each SRAP providing one figure that estimates the combined years of direct AgrAbility experience for those paid on your grant. Also, would you be willing to provide a short quote that describes why your AgrAbility work is important to you and others? Any archival photos you’d be willing to share? Please send to by July 23.

“Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture.” This series will convene for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning July 27 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET. Those already registered for the 2021 AgrAbility National Training Workshop Virtual Sessions are automatically registered for the veterans’ conference.