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Farming Provides Opportunities for People with Autism

Modern Farmer reports on four agricultural-based programs that provide job opportunities for people with autism in Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana. Farming provides a “terrific skill match” for those with autism, says Jan Pilarski, who, along with her son, founded Green Bridge Growers in Mishawaka, Indiana. “We work with them to develop their potential in all […]

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AgrAbility News for December 2018

December 2018 Maine AgrAbility Project News Maine AgrAbility Specialist Brie Weisman, OT, exhibited project information at the 2018 Maine State Occupational Therapy Fall conference in Fairfield on November 3. This one-day conference is designed to provide education and resources to OT/COTA professionals and students. The following week on November 10, Brie put on her shepherd’s […]

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“QuickBooks™ and More” Workshop for Military Veteran Farmers

Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 0900-1630 (Snow date: 15 March) UMaine Extension Penobscot County Office 307 Maine Ave, Bangor, ME 04401 Limited seats available! Reimburseable Registration Fee: $25 Register online  Join other Military Veteran Farmers for a “hands-on” workshop if you are interested in establishing a record keeping system using QuickBooks™ for Desktop. This workshop is […]

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AgrAbility News for October 2018

Maine AgrAbility Project News On October 4th and 15th, Lani Carlson presented Maine AgrAbility project information to UMaine employees and Cooperative Extension stakeholders as part of Zoom event called the Extension Showcase for a UMaine Extension Dean candidate.  AgrAbility was selected as 1 of 8 programs to highlight the great work of Cooperative Extension. On […]

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Veterans Find a New Path with Farming

PBS NewsHour reported on military veterans starting careers in agriculture. Almost a quarter of all Veterans in the US, return from active military careers to reside in rural communities (www.va.gov). A portion of this returning veteran demographic offers the hope of filling the ranks of aging US farmer populations. Veterans are finding diverse routes into […]

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Veteran Outreach Professional for Maine AgrAbility Program.

  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to introduce Anne Devin, the Veteran Outreach Professional for Maine AgrAbility Program. Anne is a former U.S. Marine Corps officer who now farms in Waldo County. Her military experience positions her to effectively relate to veterans from all military branches.   Please contact Anne if you […]

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New Listserv for Maine Produce Growers

The new Maine vegetable and berry growers email Listserv is open to all commercial growers, organic and conventional, and to Extension Educators and other service providers, with these aims: to help growers buy and sell items from each other, to connect for buying in bulk and to find equipment, supplies and land that can be […]

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UMaine Extension awarded funds to continue AgrAbility

Oct. 15, 2018 Contact: Lani Carlson, 207.944.1533, maine.agrability@maine.edu Orono, Maine — The Maine AgrAbility Project has received a $720,000, four-year grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in ongoing support of its outreach, information and networking efforts. The project, part of NIFA’s Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities, is a […]

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AgrAbility News for September 2018

  Maine AgrAbility Project News On September 12, Ellen Gibson and Lani Carlson attended the Wisdom Summit hosted by the Maine Council on Aging in Augusta. The summit was a good learning experience; staff shared information on their work with seniors and gardening, as well as the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Lani Carlson participated in […]

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