AgrAbility News for May 2019

Maine AgrAbility Project News May 9, Sally Farrell, UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H professional working with the youth pre-employment and peer mentoring program, attended the parents night at Massbessic High School and met with parents and students involved in the summer workprogram.Then May 16, Sally brought 4 lambs to the school and the students worked on […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Maine AgrAbility Helps Military Vets Continue Farming

Lancaster Farming reported on Holly Pickens, U.S. Army veteran, owner of Wabi-Sabi Farm in Whiting, and a client of Maine’s AgrAbility veterans program for farmers experiencing disability issues related to their military service. “I’m a veteran of the Army and I have some PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from trauma nursing,” said Pickens. “I find […]

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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: $35, $30 early bird registration (30 August); 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 […]

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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 […]

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