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Small Bites: Resources for Mental Health

Authored by Coached Polly Shyka and Leslie Forstadt 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. Mental Health […]

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Boots 2 Bushels at Chase Stream Farm

  It was a great day at Chase Stream Farm with Maine AgrAbility’s Boots-2-Bushels first summer hands-on field day.  The group of veteran farmers from across the state gathered in Monroe to learn about irrigation on the farm.  They were able to practice hands-on installing an irrigation system in a high tunnel, and practice transplanting […]

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FishAbility: Fishing with Diabetes

By Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist Also published by Commercial Fisheries News, June 2021 Roughly 10.5% of the U.S. population has diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is largely due to excess body weight and physical inactivity; and as a result, the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Left unchecked, diabetes can lead to serious health issues. Fishermen with […]

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AgrAbility News for May 2021

Maine AgrAbility News Kelley Spencer and Lani Carlson presented AgrAbility 101 via Zoom for the Maine Vocational Rehabilitation counselors from the western region of Maine on May 19. Ketra Crosson presented a similar AgrAbility 101 presentation during an all-staff meeting of Maine AgrAbility’s subaward partner, Alpha One, on May 10. During the week of May […]

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FishAbility for Maine Fishermen – Knee Pain

By Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist Also published by Commercial Fisheries News, May 2021 Knee pain is common in the fishing industry. Whether from an acute injury like a tear, or from a chronic issue (arthritis for example), fishing with knee issues makes for a hard day. Working on the sea means fishermen have better balance […]

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Small Bites: Demoralized? Depressed? How much worry is too much worry?

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. How much worry is too […]

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AgrAbility News for April 2021

Maine AgrAbility News University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine AgrAbility were recently awarded an Extension Risk Management Education Grant to support their Boots-2-Bushels (B2B) program. B2B is a comprehensive nine-month market gardening education and training program for military veterans, their family members, and farmers with disabilities in Maine. The program includes ten weeks of […]

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Small Bites: Social Sustainability and Well-Being

Authored by Coach Leslie Forstadt 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. Don’t forget your own health […]

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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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