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Early Bird Registration Is Open for the Upcoming Educate-2-Cultivate (E2C) Symposium

Saturday, 26 October 2019; 0900-1500 Maine Army National Guard Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta, Maine Cost: $20; locally-sourced lunch included. 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. More information or […]

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Revisiting Cheesemaker Extraordinaire: Caitlin Hunter of Appleton Creamery

By Ellen S. Gibson Caitlin Hunter has been making farmstead cheese since 1980. A pioneer cheesemaker, she helped to establish the Maine Cheese Guild, which today provides educational programming and advocacy for licensed cheesemakers who are producing world-class cheeses all over the state. Caitlin set the standard.  Making cheese is hard, physical work. Some cheesemakers, […]

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Boots-2-Bushels Pivots After Start of Pandemic

Maine AgrAbility’s Boots-2-Bushels program helps Maine veterans transition to a career in agriculture after returning home. Having to adjust the program during the pandemic taught Anne Devin, farmer veteran outreach coordinator for Maine AgrAbility, new lessons about resilience that she hopes to implement in the program going forward. Boots-2-Bushels was originally set up to have […]

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Small Bites – Why Saying “Thank You” Matters

Why Saying “Thank You” Matters Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, 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 families. Over the years I’ve learned how to […]

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Webinar: Building Your Finances and Independence with ABLE Accounts

July 30, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities made available by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014. An ABLE account grows tax-free, and balances up to $100,000 will not be countable for SSI eligibility. The asset limit is even higher for other […]

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Practical Tips for Farm Resiliency – Who Does What on the Farm?

Who Does What on the Farm? Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, 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 families. Some farms are led by one […]

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Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

Part of the AgrAbility Webinar Series Wednesday, July 8 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET FREE This webinar will focus on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation.* Program speakers will discuss the importance of and the power inherent in land ownership by African American […]

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Dealing with Arthritis in the Kitchen – Harvest & Preservation

Arthritis can make working much harder when it comes to the harvest and preservation of crops. Repetitive bending, kneeling, picking, and carrying can increase arthritis pain. In the field and in the kitchen there are several devices that can be very helpful in managing arthritis pain. One such example is a “new” type of home […]

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Practical Tips for Farm Resiliency – Some Jobs we Love, Some are Slogs

You Actually Like to Wash Eggs? Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, 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 families. Tip: Essayist Annie Dillard wrote, “How […]

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AgrAbility News for May 2020

Maine AgrAbility News With the recent restrictions to travel and event cancelations, Maine AgrAbility staff have been busy developing webinars on relevant topics. On May 14, Project Coordinator Lani Carlson presented “Maine AgrAbility 101” as part of the “Employment for ME Employment Services Workforce Development System” monthly webinar series. There were 78 attendees learning about […]

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Webinar: Updates on Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Loan Program

Date: July 9, 2020 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET Updates have been made to Maine’s Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program (AELP), the state’s low interest financing program for people with disabilities to give them more options for purchasing Assistive Technology (AT). AELP funds can be used to buy AT devices, adaptive equipment or to […]

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