News & Events

Maine AgrAbility Helps Military Vets Continue Farming

Lancaster Farming reported on Holly Pickens, U.S. Army veteran, owner of Wabi-Sabi Farm in Whiting, and a client of Maine’s AgrAbility veterans program for farmers experiencing disability issues related to their military service. “I’m a veteran of the Army and I have some PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from trauma nursing,” said Pickens. “I find […]

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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: $35, $30 early bird registration (30 August); 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 […]

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Maine AgrAbility brings ergonomics of gardening to Union Farmers Market May 24

Maine AgrAbility will demonstrate the ergonomics of gardening at the Union Farmers Market on the Union Common, May 24 from 3–6 p.m. Demonstrations will focus on useful garden tools and ergonomic techniques, including how to bend and lift safely. Maine AgrAbility, a program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, teaches farmers and gardeners about tools […]

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AgrAbility News for April 2019

Maine AgrAbility Project News On Saturday March 6, Anne Devin, Maine AgrAbility’s veteran outreach specialist, exhibited program information at the Waldo County Rural Living Day. Meanwhile, 100 miles east in Poland, Maine, Ketra Crosson shared AgrAbility information and examples of assistive tools at Gathering Winds Farm & Orchard- a small family-run, veteran-owned farm.     […]

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Positively Maine: Maine AgrAbility and Veteran Farmers on News Radio WGAN

Maine AgrAbility talked with Tory Ryden about veterans and farming in Maine on April 18, 2019.  Tory Ryden created Positively Maine in response to the explosion of negative, troubling and worry-inducing news stories that infiltrate all air waves. The show is an hour-long and features no vitriolic arguments–rather, inspirational, informative stories that motivate and, the […]

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Maine AgrAbility Offers Services to Farmer with Disabilities in Rumford

Ellen Gibson, farm education specialist for Maine AgrAbility, and her friend and client Annette Marin, owner of No View Farm, Inn, and Bakery, located along the Androscoggin River in Rumford, Maine, are both owners of small farms. When Marin experienced severe mobility issues that prevented her form doing many farm-related chores, Gibson advised her to […]

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AgrAbility News for March 2019

Maine AgrAbility Project news Maine AgrAbility’s Ellen Gibson presented an “Adaptive Gardening” class for the Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District (SASWCD) on March 5. She covered topics on how to continue gardening with barriers, how to work smarter & conserve energy, and a discussion of simple ergonomic techniques. She also had a show […]

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Fishermen Still Not Embracing Personal Flotation Devices

Island Institute reported that most deaths among lobstermen from 2010-2014 were related to falls overboard (50 percent) or vessel disasters (30 percent), and based on reports, none of the recovered victims was wearing a lifejacket. A Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety campaign this spring will send two vans to ports in Maine and […]

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Farmers Confront Physical and Emotional Challenges

A growing number of people look to shine light on an issue that often remains hidden. Life as a farmer is stressful. It’s a simple fact. Commodity prices are out of farmers’ control and their product’s quality is dependent on the whims of the weather. For farmers, the work is not just an occupation, but […]

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New Offering: Bulletin #1221, Tips for Aging Farmers

This list of tips was developed to help older farmers and farm workers remain active and productive on the farm with safety and security in mind. Farm family members can also use this list to help support and encourage aging parents, spouses or employees.  Read more. Retail price: $0.50 each Contact person: Richard Brzozowski Publisher: […]

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