Students’ experience on Buxton farm featured in video

BUXTON — A peer mentoring program at Massabesic High School culminated in summer work on a local farm for free students, an experience that’s now been featured in a video.
Over the past year, Maine AgrAbility and partner Alpha One integrated agriculture into the curriculum of a peer mentoring program at Massabesic, in Waterboro. The program, funded by the Maine Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, supplemented with hands-on opportunities and featured three weeks on the farm for three of the students.
Sally Farrell, owner of Rummler Run farm in Buxton and former University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H professional in York County, agreed to introduce three of the students to daily life on her farm last summer. The stories and experiences of those three students — practicing problem-solving, handling small livestock, helping ensure biosecurity practices — are told in the 12-minute video “On the Farm,” which can be watched on YouTube.
Maine AgrAbility, a collaborative project of UMaine Extension and Alpha One, is dedicated to helping farmers, fishermen and forest workers work safely and more productively.
For more information, contact Leilani Carlson at 207-944-1533; leilani.carlson@maine.edu. More information also is available on the UMaine Extension AgrAbility website.

PHOTO: An image from “On the Farm,” featuring students in a Massabesic High School peer-mentoring program who spent three weeks working on a Buxton farm last summer. (Screen image)