Educate-2-Cultivate (E2C): Business Development and Assistive Technology Symposium for Military Veterans in Agriculture
Saturday, 26 October 2019; 0900-1500
Maine Army National Guard Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta, Maine
Cost: $20. Locally-sourced lunch included.
For questions, contact Anne Devin at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
|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 email@example.com or 207.991.2651.