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AgrAbility News for April 2022

Maine News As Spring emerges in Maine, staff have been across the state meeting with new and existing clients. What a nice chance to meet people in person again!  One farm visit included a 75-minute ferry ride to an island off the coast of central Maine. In April 2022, several sessions were offered to engage […]

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Fishermen are Industrial Athletes Too

by Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist Also published by Commercial Fisheries News May 2022 “Industrial Athlete”, a relatively recent term, refers to workers in physically demanding jobs outside of sports. Being on your feet all day, doing physically demanding work while being exposed to weather, and keeping your balance on a boat requires prowess, strength, and […]

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This is awkward…

Fishermen and aquaculture harvesters spend a lot of time bending, pulling, tugging, and straining, and those movements should be balanced with opportunities for recovery. Taking even just a few minutes to focus on your breathing or stretch your back can help alleviate discomfort and even fend off injury. Work Task: That moment when you are […]

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Loggers and Rotator Cuff Injury 

By Brie Weisman, OTR/L,  with assistance from Michaela Marden, OTR/L  Also published in The Logger’s Voice Spring 2022 Shoulder injuries may not be the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating the dangers faced by loggers, but it only takes a moment to realize why they are commonplace in the industry. Tasks like pitching […]

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AgrAbility News for March 2022

Maine News The 2022 Boots-2-Bushels class hosted their first in-person farm field day at Morning Dew Farm Seedling and Supply in Damariscotta, Maine. The 30 attendees learned all the tips and tricks that Farmer Brady could teach about starting and growing seedlings. Coast of Maine also provided an organic seedling starter mix to all participants. […]

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Extension’s Brzozowski receives national achievement award

UMaine News April 13, 2022 Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine Cooperative Extension food system program administrator and Maine AgrAbility project director, was recognized at the National AgrAbility Project training workshop and conference held March 14–17 in Madison, Wisconsin. Brzozowski was awarded the Purdue Breaking New Ground Achievement Award for his 11-year leadership of Maine AgrAbility […]

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Fishing with a Spinal Cord Injury

by Corey Young, OTS, UNE and Maine FishAbility Also published by Commercial Fisheries News April 2022 According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 17,700 spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur each year in the United States, with men accounting for about 78% of cases. The highest risk of obtaining a SCI is while […]

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AgrAbility News for February 2022

Maine News Maine AgrAbility currently has a master’s OT student doing her 12-week, level 2 fieldwork experience with them. Corey Young, University of New England (UNE), grew up on a dairy farm in southern Maine. Corey has been creating AT bulletins to share with B2B students, including a presentation on hand health for farmers and […]

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Who’s Got Your Back? Part II

Bending and Mending Whether you are building a trap, mending a net, or heaving an oyster cage, you may find yourself hunched over or in an awkward position in order to complete a task. It’s important to be mindful of how you are working, but it’s also good to consider taking time to stretch and […]

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