AgrAbility News for July 2021

Maine AgrAbility News

workers in a field with a wheelbarrowMaine AgrAbility’s Boots-2-Bushels continued with its monthly in-person workshops.  In July, the group met at Stonecipher Farm in Bowdoinham to learn about no-till farming practices.  The hands-on learning is proving to be a successful learning method.


fisherman hauling kelp line onto boat while a woman oversee the harvestOur most recent article in the Commercial Fisheries News is about fishing and energy conservation. Commercial fishing involves working in harsh environments and being in physically and mentally strenuous situations. Energy Conservation can help; it’s the practice of examining tasks and structuring them to minimize muscle fatigue, joint stress, and pain by using your body efficiently and ergonomically.


Woman and child in farm clothes kneeling in a field

We have started a new blog from a collection of notes gathered by AgrAbility staffer Ketra Crosson, OTR/L from her time spent tending a raised bed during the pandemic last year. The posts are to provide insight on raised bed gardening, as a first-person perspective from an occupational therapist. Read the first two posts.



Anne Devin, Maine AgrAbility’s veteran outreach coordinator, received the NACAA state Search for Excellence award in the Young, Beginning, or Small Farmers/Ranchers category. Anne gave a presentation as part of the 2021 NACAA conference on AgrAbility’s Boots-to-Bushels program.people rafting on a river


To celebrate the return to in-person programming. six Maine AgrAbility staff participated in the ultimate professional development opportunity on the Kennebec River this week facing the challenge of Class IV rapids together! More pictures on our facebook page.

Toolbox Spotlight

Used primarily in rotational grazing, TumbleWheel Rolling Electric-Fence Posts, which look like the spokes of a wheel with electric wire running through the center hub, allow one to relocate an entire fence line without having to turn off the power, pull out, move, or re-sink the posts, then turn the power back on. When just one or both ends of the fence are moved, all the wheels roll along.