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Osteoarthritis, Gardening, and the Hands

By Ellen S. Gibson Your body is your best tool. Take care of it. The body is a marvel. Unfortunately, we tend to take it for granted when it’s working well. It’s when it doesn’t work so well—when we are in pain and cannot function as we did in the past—that we stop and take […]

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Maine AgrAbility offers free fuel identification stickers

Using the wrong fuel in farm tractors can result in expensive mechanical issues and production downtime. An inexperienced worker not knowing the proper fuel for the equipment could cause a huge problem. Or, if you rely on the original factory labels- they may be faded or worn off. To assist farmers to prevent such a […]

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Small Bites: Reflections of a White Farmer

Authored by Coach Polly Shyka Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm and family well-being. They are written by coaches from UMaine Extension’s Farm Coaching team. Farm Coaches are available at no cost to work remotely with farmers and farm teams. What is authentic and right […]

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Fishermen and Back Pain

By Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist Also published by Commercial Fisheries News, April 2021 FishAbility for Maine Fishermen – April 2021 Back pain is a common complaint of commercial fishermen worldwide. In a 2016 OSHRI study,  fully 50% of participating lobstermen in the Northeast reported having lower back issues. This should surprise no one.   Most […]

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AgrAbility News for March 2021

Maine AgrAbility News The Boots-2-Bushels (B2B) program is ramping up for the growing season, spending two days in the field cleaning out the greenhouse and high tunnel.   We held our quarterly Maine AgrAbility Advisory Council meeting in March via zoom. We welcomed 3 new members representing the forestry industry, Assistive Technology, and a farmer-client. […]

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Small Bites: Deciding on Kids’ Roles on the Farm

Authored by Coach Polly Shyka Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm and family well-being. They are written by coaches from UMaine Extension’s Farm Coaching team. Farm Coaches are available at no cost to work remotely with farmers and farm teams. Deciding on Kids’ Role(s) on […]

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Using Checklists to Increase Productivity on the Farm

New Publication #1213 offered: Using Checklists to Increase Productivity on the Farm. Tips and tricks for using checklists for daily chores at the farm, while promoting productivity. Checklists can also be helpful for individuals with memory issues or when someone fills in for you or another worker. You can find this new publication in the […]

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Farming for the Long Term

By Ellen S. Gibson Jason Russell: Farming for the long term Jason Russell and his wife, Jenny, own Stoic Oak Farm in Amherst, Maine. They moved here in 2017, after Jason separated from the Army. Jason is particularly interested in sustainable agriculture, a whole-systems approach to farming that mimics the productivity and resiliency of natural […]

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Small Bites: A Strong Foundation is Built on Gratitude and Appreciation

Authored by Coach Polly Shyka Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm and family well-being. They are written by coaches from UMaine Extension’s Farm Coaching team. Farm Coaches are available at no cost to work remotely with farmers and farm teams. A Strong Foundation is Built […]

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