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May 2009


California AgrAbility has been busy with the "opening" of ag season. The staff are attending Opening Days at Migrant Housing Centers, setting up CalAgrAbility Arthritis Workshops for employees, and annual health fairs as the migratory ag employees return to work in the state.

The California AgrAbility Project has completed, in collaboration with Breaking New Ground at Purdue, the Spanish translation and editing of a "Farming with Arthritis" fotonovela. In addition, CalAgrAbility and California Arthritis Foundation are developing 3-5 hour Spanish training modules on managing arthritis for agricultural employees.  

The AgrAbility Staff has also received positive reviews from the annual Small Farm Conference held in Sacramento this year.  Many AgrAbility consumers received scholarships to attend and to enhance their farming knowledge. The California AgrAbility staff continues to work with FSA on assisting consumers and looks forward to developing workshops in various counties in California.

Submitted by: Martha Stiles