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FishAbility for Maine Fishermen – Knee Pain

By Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist Also published by Commercial Fisheries News, May 2021 Knee pain is common in the fishing industry. Whether from an acute injury like a tear, or from a chronic issue (arthritis for example), fishing with knee issues makes for a hard day. Working on the sea means fishermen have better balance […]

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Small Bites: Demoralized? Depressed? How much worry is too much worry?

Authored by Coach Polly Shyka Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm 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 teams. How much worry is too […]

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AgrAbility News for April 2021

Maine AgrAbility News University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine AgrAbility were recently awarded an Extension Risk Management Education Grant to support their Boots-2-Bushels (B2B) program. B2B is a comprehensive nine-month market gardening education and training program for military veterans, their family members, and farmers with disabilities in Maine. The program includes ten weeks of […]

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Small Bites: Social Sustainability and Well-Being

Authored by Coach Leslie Forstadt Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm 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 teams. Don’t forget your own health […]

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Osteoarthritis, Gardening, and the Hands

By Ellen S. Gibson Your body is your best tool. Take care of it. The body is a marvel. Unfortunately, we tend to take it for granted when it’s working well. It’s when it doesn’t work so well—when we are in pain and cannot function as we did in the past—that we stop and take […]

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Maine AgrAbility offers free fuel identification stickers

Using the wrong fuel in farm tractors can result in expensive mechanical issues and production downtime. An inexperienced worker not knowing the proper fuel for the equipment could cause a huge problem. Or, if you rely on the original factory labels- they may be faded or worn off. To assist farmers to prevent such a […]

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Small Bites: Reflections of a White Farmer

Authored by Coach Polly Shyka Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm 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 teams. What is authentic and right […]

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Fishermen and Back Pain

By Brie Weisman, Occupational Therapist Also published by Commercial Fisheries News, April 2021 FishAbility for Maine Fishermen – April 2021 Back pain is a common complaint of commercial fishermen worldwide. In a 2016 OSHRI study,  fully 50% of participating lobstermen in the Northeast reported having lower back issues. This should surprise no one.   Most […]

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AgrAbility News for March 2021

Maine AgrAbility News The Boots-2-Bushels (B2B) program is ramping up for the growing season, spending two days in the field cleaning out the greenhouse and high tunnel.   We held our quarterly Maine AgrAbility Advisory Council meeting in March via zoom. We welcomed 3 new members representing the forestry industry, Assistive Technology, and a farmer-client. […]

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Small Bites: Deciding on Kids’ Roles on the Farm

Authored by Coach Polly Shyka Small Bites are short, informational articles with practical ideas about stress reduction, improved communication, and farm 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 teams. Deciding on Kids’ Role(s) on […]

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