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February 2010


The CalAgrAbility team recently completed the Spanish Arthritis and Farming fotonovela final corrections with the assistance of review and pre-test volunteers in the Central Valley.  The External Volunteer Team consists of farm workers, Mexican consulate staff, immigration specialists, and health workers.  From the beginning (over a year ago), they have been crucial in testing the novella for language and image appropriateness/acceptability.  BNG is forwarding this final edited version to the developer.  

Cal AgrAbility is finalizing the details for another successful CA Small Farm Conference to begin at the end of February.  This event is actively promoted  to our consumers as a great learning exercise for beginning and seasoned farmers.

Anna Marie Hill is the new Bilingual Community Outreach Representative. She joined CalAgrAbility in December 2009 and is eagerly learning about the specific needs of farmers and farm  workers with disabilities in California. Originally from the Sacramento area,  Anna has an interest in health and legal advocacy for underserved populations. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with majors in Spanish and Legal Studies, and began working with low-income families in the Head Start Program in Oakland, CA as a bilingual family advocate.Anna then spent a year working with young adults with disabilities in Guatemala.Her ultimate goal is to obtain a law degree specializing in legal health advocacy for rural populations utilizing her bilingual English/Spanish and AgrAbility skills to serve farmers and migrant farmworkers.

Submitted by: Martha Stiles