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July 2016


Maine AgrAbility at Farm Homestead DayMaine AgrAbility staff conducted two workshops at Farm and Homestead Day at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Unity Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The morning presentation was "Gardening with Arthritis" by AgrAbility specialist Ellen Gibson, of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. The program suggested tools and techniques to help people continue to garden despite age, injury or disability. In the afternoon, volunteers constructed a raised bed under the direction of Richard Brzozowski, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The finished construction was approximately 36 inches high, allowing a person to garden while standing or sitting.

Ben Hartwell moving cattleMaine AgrAbility along with the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Maine hosted a military veteran farm field day on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Sebago Lake Ranch in Gorham, Maine. Ben Hartwell, a U.S. Army veteran, owner and operator of Sebago Lake Ranch, talked about the realities of farming and farming practices related to beef cattle handling and fencing. To read more, click here.

Maine AgrAbility had a table and display at the Rogers Farm Sustainable Agriculture Field Day on June 30, 2016. The field day focused on research results and sustainable farming practices of small grains, potatoes, vegetable weed control, and risk management for small production farmers.

Maine AgrAbility shared three news articles this month from around the web on:

Submitted by Lani Carlson