Maine AgrAbility Blog

Safety Precautions When Working in the Woods

By Ellen S. Gibson Part I: Using Chainsaws Logging is at the top of the list of dangerous occupations. Operations on large landholdings (50 acres and up) have become increasingly mechanized and the knowledge of how to operate and maintain heavy machinery is essential. Farmers tend to manage smaller woodlots to supply woodstoves and to […]

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Forging Partnerships in Support of LogAbility

Maine AgrAbility is pleased to announce that Donald Burr, Safety and Training Coordinator for the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine, is joining our Advisory Council. Production agriculture in Maine includes working in the woods, in the fields, and on the ocean. Logging, farming, and fishing are all at the top of the list of […]

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Watch Where You’re Going!

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls I recently spoke with Donald Burr, Safety and Training Coordinator for the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine, about the hazards of slips, trips and falls when you’re out in the forest. The guidelines Burr shared with me all translate into being safe wherever you are and whatever you do. […]

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When the Going Gets Tough: Reflections of a Caregiver

The mission of Maine AgrAbility is to serve farmers, members of their families, and hired workers on the farm who are disabled in some way. Correspondingly, we often work with caregivers. Within the family constellation, there is usually a primary caregiver, the person who provides the lifeline that enables the family member with the disability […]

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Goodbye 2020

As 2020 fades into the past. . . Imagine that your doctor has given you a prescription for bringing in the New Year: “Play more.”  Hmmm. Here’s how I’d put this advice to the test: Unstructured time: no technology, no screen. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, it’s really possible. Time in the great outdoors. Not […]

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Farming Success is a Team Effort

Meet  Bill and Carol Hayes of Dilly Dally Farm. I interviewed them in March. Bill Hayes and his wife, Carol, own Dilly Dally Farm in Plymouth, Maine and use organic practices to maintain five year-round production greenhouses. In addition, they plant four-and-a-half acres of mixed vegetables and raise broilers and turkeys for market. Bill had […]

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Kathy Adams, OT/L: 45 Years as a Dedicated Occupational Therapist

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities—December 3– is a day designated by the United Nations to remind the world of the important work ongoing in communities around the world to address discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion for people living with disabilities.  For this, we’d like to honor Kathy Adams OTL, who spent her career advancing […]

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Boots-2-Bushels 2021: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners and Farmers

Veterans are asking: “Is farming for me?” Boots-2-Bushels is a great starting point to help answer that question. In this 9-month program, assess where you are, where you want to go and take your first steps. Explore agricultural enterprises while growing a community of farmers: building confidence, building networks, building a path forward from a […]

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The Great Pumpkin Recipe Exchange

by Ellen S. Gibson. This title and blog inspired by Charlie Brown and the success with my 2020 pumpkin patch. (192 pumpkins to share with friends, neighbors, and goats!)  The Great Pumpkin Recipe Exchange A farmer once told me that pumpkins have little value after Halloween. That seems a shame. The orange flesh of pumpkins […]

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