News & Events

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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Farmer Veteran Field Day Scheduled for November 10

The National Center for Appropriate Technology and United Farmer Veterans of Maine are sponsoring a Field Day at Chase Stream Farm on Saturday, 10 November, from 1230-1600. Learn about Chase Stream Farm’s experiences transitioning to full-time farming since retiring from active duty and government service two years ago. Dive in to topics such as organic […]

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AgrAbility Webinar – Machinery Access & Lifts

New and Improved Methods of Accessing Large Off-Road Machinery for People with Mobility Limitations Thursday, October 11 3:00 p.m. ET Agricultural workers in the U.S. sometimes incur disabling injuries or diseases that could end their careers unless specialized assistive technologies are utilized. Advancements in agriculture-specific technologies have made it possible for such individuals to regain […]

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DePoy’s passion fuels research about aging Maine farmers

The unique aspects of Elizabeth (Liz) DePoy’s horse farm, Chapter Three Farm, in Newburgh, Maine are not immediately noticeable. But as eyes adjust to the dark, cool interior of their barn, slight adaptations begin to emerge. Tools have been adapted to tasks different than those for which they are typically used to avoid injury and […]

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