Educate-2-Cultivate (E2C): Business Development and Assistive Technology Symposium for Military Veterans in Agriculture

Farmer with produceSaturday, 26 October 2019; 0900-1500
Maine Army National Guard Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta, Maine

Cost: $20. Locally-sourced lunch included.

Registration Closed
For questions, contact Anne Devin at or 207.991.2651.

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 business in agriculture.

In the morning, you will be partnered with business mentors from SCORE and the Small Business Development Center for one-on-one sessions to address your own specific knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully manage your farm as a sustainable business. There will also be a financial cash flow workshop to help understand and deliberately plan for profit, with or without VA disability compensation payments. The afternoon will consist of sessions to introduce and receive training on various assistive technologies that can address memory, physical, and organizational limitations.

In addition to workshop sessions, there will be a resource fair featuring organizations that provide services for veterans.

You will not want to miss this great opportunity to connect with other veteran farmers and learn specific business and assistive technology skills to help make you more successful in your farming life!


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Start Time Session Location
0830-0900 Registration First Floor
Open All Day Break area with coffee and water First Floor
Open between Workshops Resource Fair Veteran Farm Showcase Upstairs Corridor
0900 Welcome Remarks: Richard Brzozowski, Food System Program Administrator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Upstairs, Room 209B
0910-0930 Keynote Speaker: TBA Upstairs, Room 209B
0930-1200 SCORE Business mentors one-on-one Upstairs, Room 209A
0945-1045 Farm Financial Planning and Cash Flow Projection: Alex Fouliard, Maine Farmland Trust Upstairs, Room 209B
1045-1145 MOFGA and MFT Available for one-on-one discussions Upstairs, Room 209B
1100-1150 Catered Lunch: Lisa’s White Flour Catering Networking and Raffle Prizes First Floor
1200-1250 Assistive Technology on the Farm: Learn about technology that can address a variety of needs from mobility around the farm, accessing equipment, lifting, visual and hearing needs, etc., Ketra Crosson, OTR/L Upstairs, Room 209B
1200-1250 What Did I Come in Here For? Learn about tools and strategies to support your long and short term memory, Kelley Smith, COTA/L, ATP Upstairs, Room 209A
1300-1350 Yoga Basic Training: Core Stretching to keep farming bodies strong and injury free, Brie Weisman, OTR/L Upstairs, Room 209B
1300-1350 Circle of Support and Available Resources: Learn about available resources to provide support to you and your farm during challenging times, Lani Carlson, Maine AgrAbility Project Coordinator Upstairs, Room 209A
1400-1450 Veteran Farmer Panel: Don and Marcia Lyons, SeaLyon Farm, Alna, Maine; Mark Mancini, Waggin’ Tail Farm, Pittsfield, Maine; John and Stacey Bsullak, Gathering Winds Farm, Poland, Maine Upstairs, Room 209B
1450-1500 Wrap-up; Final door prize drawings, and evaluations Upstairs, Room 209B


Hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine AgrAbility program and the United Farmer Veterans of Maine.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Anne Devin at or 207.991.2651.