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Free yoga class offered to gardeners, farmers in Falmouth

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a free yoga class for gardeners and farmers 6–7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Brie Weisman, Maine AgrAbility specialist, OTR/L, and owner of Adapt-Able Living in Rumford, will instruct the class. She’ll demonstrate ways to incorporate yoga […]

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AgrAbility News for August 2019

Maine AgrAbility Project News Maine AgrAbility has been working on producing videos featuring AgrAbility clients. The videos capture a fisherman, a dairy farmer, and a vegetable farmer selling value-added products from a food truck. Each story illustrates the essence of the farmer and their ability to continue to farm. Here’s the teaser short clip: Final […]

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AgrAbility News for July 2019

Maine AgrAbility Project News As a continuation of peer mentoring and career exploration with youth with disabilities, four students from southern Maine worked three mornings a week on local farms in July. AgrAbility staff are in the process of evaluating impacts of this experience for the students. Concurrently, a video was recorded that followed the […]

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AgrAbility News for June 2019

Maine AgrAbility Project News On June 2, AgrAbility staffer Brie Weisman presented “Yoga for Farmers and Gardeners” at the Annual Farm & Homestead Day in Unity, ME. Fifteen people attended the session. During the same event, Ellen Gibson shared AgrAbility information and proper lifting techniques. Ketra Crosson OT/L, worked with APRIL and Nebraska AgrAbility to […]

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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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