Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

Part of the AgrAbility Webinar Series Wednesday, July 8 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET FREE This webinar will focus on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation.* Program speakers will discuss the importance of and the power inherent in land ownership by African American […]

Read more

AgrAbility Helps Grower Keep Doing What She Loves

The DeForest Times-Tribune reported that health problems forced Cheryl Mayr, who wears braces on her ankles, to scale back at Country Bloomers Greenhouse. But an AgrAbility project has helped her keep doing what she loves. Through resources introduced by AgrAbility, Mayr got a wagon that allows her to go out into her fields with water […]

Read more

How Safely Do You Operate Your Tractor?

“As a woman who began farming in her 40s, I know that training for women is often sketchy or nonexistent. Women who come into farming may have had little exposure to working with tractors and need the opportunity to learn,” says Ellen S. Gibson, Farm Education Specialist, Maine AgrAbility, in an article for the Maine […]

Read more

Maine AgrAbility participates in Franklin County 100 year celebration

A century of programs and services provided by University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Franklin County office was celebrated Wednesday afternoon, June 19. UMaine Extension 4-H’ers, Homemakers, and staff brought animal projects and other displays. Maine AgrAbility Project Coordinator Lani Carlson had several adaptive tools on display. Hannah Carter, Maine’s new Extension Director, and John Prichard, […]

Read more

Farmer with produce

Early Bird Registration Is Open for the Upcoming Educate-2-Cultivate (E2C) Symposium

Saturday, 26 October 2019; 0900-1500 Maine Army National Guard Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta, Maine Cost: $20; locally-sourced lunch included. The E2C symposium is for military veterans and their partners involved in agriculture, or for those veterans who desire to learn more about safely and successfully running their own business in agriculture. More information or […]

Read more

elderly farmer hoeing garden

Maine AgrAbility brings ergonomics of gardening to Union Farmers Market May 24

Maine AgrAbility will demonstrate the ergonomics of gardening at the Union Farmers Market on the Union Common, May 24 from 3–6 p.m. Demonstrations will focus on useful garden tools and ergonomic techniques, including how to bend and lift safely. Maine AgrAbility, a program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, teaches farmers and gardeners about tools […]

Read more

Maine AgrAbility Offers Services to Farmer with Disabilities in Rumford

Ellen Gibson, farm education specialist for Maine AgrAbility, and her friend and client Annette Marin, owner of No View Farm, Inn, and Bakery, located along the Androscoggin River in Rumford, Maine, are both owners of small farms. When Marin experienced severe mobility issues that prevented her form doing many farm-related chores, Gibson advised her to […]

Read more