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Resources for Managing Farm Stress

from January 2020 Farm and Food Systems Newsletter Photo courtesy of the USDA The Farm and Food System Newsletter is a monthly publication covering a variety of topics, resources, and events for Maine farmers. There are several programs available to help farmers dealing with high levels of stress and mental health issues. Here is a […]

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Exercise and Physical Activity: Is There a Difference?

By Ellen S. Gibson My neighbor told me, “I don’t need to exercise. I get all the exercise I need working on the farm all day long.” I agree that he gets plenty of physical activity in the course of a workday on the farm. But what would he say if I were to ask, […]

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AgrAbility News for December 2019

Maine AgrAbility News December 2019 Toolbox Spotlight Built to fit category 2 and 3 tractors from 80 to 160 hp, the Rear-Mounted Tipping Transport Box, with detachable tailgate, is designed to allow one to dig, scoop, scrape, level, spread, and/or haul all types of material weighing up to 600 pounds (depending on model).

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

Classes held twice monthly, January 13 – September 20, 2020 Togus VA Medical Center, 1 VA Center, Augusta, Maine Workshop FULL – Registration Closed Learn how to go from seed to salary with this FREE course for military veterans interested in growing and selling their own farm produce. Participants who attend all classes and participate […]

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Agriculture Is Alive and Well in Maine!

By Ellen Gibson But you don’t have to take my word for it. Instead, save the dates for the Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show taking place at the Augusta Civic Center on Tuesday, January 14: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Wednesday, January 15: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 […]

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Kitchen Ergonomics: ‘Tis the Season. . . for Gifts from the Kitchen

By Ellen S. Gibson Consider how you use your body when you cook. Kneading bread or rolling out pie dough engages the hands, the arms, and the shoulders. Sustained chopping, of herbs for example, holds your predominant arm in a tense position. Stirring a big pot of soup uses the muscles and joints that give […]

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Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation: Causes and effects

By Ellen S. Gibson The November 2019 issue of the AARP Bulletin1 has an article by Mike Zimmerman that cites chronic low-grade inflammation as a causal factor for a wide range of illnesses associated with aging. A list of these ailments is diverse and harrowing. It includes dementia, depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, as […]

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Caring for Others: The Giving and the Taking

By Ellen S. Gibson There are four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.  –Rosalynn Carter We have all had the experience of being taken care of, whether it was a bout with chicken pox […]

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The Maine AgrAbility Blog: Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do 

By Ellen S. Gibson Welcome to the first blog in a series that will deal with issues surrounding aging, farming, and quality of life. Who am I? I am a farmer, educator, and consultant to the Maine AgrAbility Program. I raise goats and the forage they eat and tend to the fields and woods of […]

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AgrAbility News for November 2019

Anne Devin exhibited Maine AgrAbility program information at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Farmer to Farmer conference on November 3 and 4 in Rockland with over 100 farmers and service providers in attendance. Lani Carlson exhibited project information at the 2019 Maine State Occupational Therapy fall conference in Orono on November 9, […]

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