University of Maine Cooperative Extension plans to offer two free, in-person workshops in August for farmers, farm workers, fishermen and foresters with a focus on body mechanics, injury prevention, movement, health and wellness.

The Safe Labor — Movement workshops are set for 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity; and Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Alan Day Community Garden, 26 Whitman St. in Norway.

Cynthia Flores, Labor – Movement founder, will lead both sessions that include time for questions and answers. Participants also have access to one month’s coaching via text and email.

To register or request a reasonable accommodation, contact Izzy Ruffin at 207-570-8308 or [email protected].

Workshops are a project of the Maine Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, awarded to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and managed by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The funds are part of a national and regional effort to increase awareness and amplify existing resources around mental health and farm stress, in addition to fostering connections for farmers and land stewards in Maine to access wellness support.


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