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Arthritis & Agriculture

A FREE workshop for farmers, gardeners, agricultural workers, healthcare professionals and the general public.  Topics will include information on arthritis, treatment and management  options, as well as modifications that can be done around the house and farm to reduce joint stress and make life easier.  Presented by Amber Wolfe – National AgrAbility Program- Arthritis Coordinator.

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

WHERE:  Pineland Farms,  15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Conference Center, Room A  (Map of Pineland Farms Facilities)

WHEN: 9:00 a.m.— 1:00 p.m. Register online

TUESDAY JULY 30, 2013

WHERE:  Knox & Lincoln Cooperative Extension Office
377 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro, ME 04572

WHEN: 4:00 p.m.— 8:00 p.m. Register online

For more information contact maine.agrability@maine.edu or call Lani Carlson at 207.944.1533.

Biographical Sketch- Amber D. Wolfe, B.S.

Through a grant provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Arthritis Foundation is partnering with the National AgrAbility Program and Goodwill Industries International to “cultivate accessible agriculture” for those with disabilities.

Amber Wolfe is the National AgrAbility Project Coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation.  Her work on the Arthritis and Agriculture project covers both state and national levels and is focused on rural audiences of all ages and experiences.  Amber was raised on a small farm with row crops, hay, beef cattle and quarter horses in central Indiana and still resides there with her husband and 3 children.  Amber’s family currently raises 4-H club pigs and horses, and is active in hay and garden vegetable production.

Amber has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Purdue University, and is currently completing coursework for her Master of Science in Education.   Prior to her position with the National AgrAbility Project, Amber spent 6 years as an agricultural science and business teacher and FFA advisor in the Cloverdale and Franklin, Indiana school corporations.  She remains very involved with the Indiana FFA and 4-H Organizations as a FFA contest judge, 4-H leader and 4-H team.  Amber has brought her experiences with 4-H and FFA youth into the AgrAbility area by working with rural youth to prevent the early-onset of osteoarthritis in their generation.

In the past 4 years, Amber has presented workshops on the “Arthritis and Agriculture” platform to professional agriculturalists, rural senior communities, extension staff, FFA groups and others at conferences including the Association of Programs for Rural and Independent Living, the Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, and the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health.


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