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April 2022


Group of people standing in a hoop house looking at potted plants.The 2022 Boots-2-Bushels (B2B) class hosted its first in-person farm field day at Morning Dew Farm Seedling and Supply in Damariscotta, Maine. The 30 attendees learned all the tips and tricks that Farmer Brady could teach about starting and growing seedlings. Coast of Maine also provided organic seedling starter mix to all participants. A bring-your-own lunch included time to go over farming stretches, garden seating demos, and lots of networking and learning from each other.

Corey Young is a master's level OT student from the University of New England who has just finished up her level 2 fieldwork experience with Maine AgrAbility. She has worked closely with Maine AgrAbility's OTs to learn and develop her skills. Among her accomplishments are:
- Bi-monthly AT bulletins to share with B2B students,
- Hand health presentation
- Fishing with a Spinal Cord Injury: Commercial Fisheries News April 2022
- Wearable Assistive Technology for Agricultural Workers

Dick Brzozowski in white long-sleeve shirt and tie holding Breaking New Ground Achievement AwardThe Maine AgrAbility group had a great time at the NTW and did themselves proud representing their state efforts. Three staff members and one farmer attended in-person, and three additional staffers joined remotely to present or participate in seven workshops and panel discussions throughout the week. Staff are super excited that their project director, Richard Brzozowski, was awarded Purdue's Breaking New Ground Achievement Award at the 2022 NTW, recognized for his major contributions to the lives of farm families that have been impacted by disability. Richard works tirelessly to make a difference for Maine farmers, fishermen, and forest workers.

Photo of Zoom screen showing small pictures of 18 people.The quarterly Maine AgrAbility Advisory Council meeting was held in March via zoom. Staff are excited to have the support of an incredibly diverse and supportive group of volunteers to help guide the program. To learn more about the advisory council, check out the advisory council webpage.

Submitted by Lani Carlson