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Wreath-making resources and advice

Wreath-making is a traditional skill in Maine, one that can help generate income during what can be a time of slower cash flow for farmers. University of Maine Cooperative Extension has a variety of publications developed for wreath, garland and centerpiece makers. The bulletins include: “Balsam Fir Tip Harvesting,” which provides information on identification, harvesting […]

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Small Bites: A Tool for Collaboration

Authored by Coach Abby Sadauckas 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. The Four G’s – A […]

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Small Bites: Cross-Training & Farm Efficiency

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 Cross-Training can Benefit the […]

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Maine AgrAbility Program featured in Two Interviews

Anne Devin, the Veteran Outreach Coordinator at Maine AgrAbility, was interviewed about connecting veterans to agriculture through the Maine AgrAbility program.  https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/life/maine-agrability-umaine-provide-resources-for-veterans-with-growing-interest-in-farming/97-82b8512b-8c9a-43ba-a69b-aa7c8b600bca.  Maine AgrAbility is a non-profit collaboration of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Alpha One; Maine AgrAbility is part of a nationwide network of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs begun through the 1990 Farm Bill. The […]

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Boots-2-Bushels 2021: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners and Farmers

Veterans are asking: “Is farming for me?” Boots-2-Bushels is a great starting point to help answer that question. In this 9-month program, assess where you are, where you want to go and take your first steps. Explore agricultural enterprises while growing a community of farmers: building confidence, building networks, building a path forward from a […]

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Happy Birthday, Marines!

On November 10th, and for many days before and after, Marines around the globe will take a moment to wish each other Happy Birthday. We reflect on our service, take stock of our present, and look forward to the future. We are never static. As we celebrate our 245th birthday this year, we are older […]

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End of Season – Goodbye till Spring?

Authored by 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. It’s that time of year! Blaze […]

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The Great Pumpkin Recipe Exchange

by Ellen S. Gibson. This title and blog inspired by Charlie Brown and the success with my 2020 pumpkin patch. (192 pumpkins to share with friends, neighbors, and goats!)  The Great Pumpkin Recipe Exchange A farmer once told me that pumpkins have little value after Halloween. That seems a shame. The orange flesh of pumpkins […]

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Maine AgrAbility coordinator Carlson recognized by national association

Orono, Maine — Maine AgrAbility state coordinator Leilani Carlson of Belgrade received the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents during the 2020 annual meeting and professional improvement conference Sept. 28–Oct.1. Carlson was one of several honorees representing the top 1% of the membership selected by their peers and the director of […]

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