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November 2011


CalAgrAbility was represented at several farm events this month, including the Orland Community Resource Fair in Glenn County, Resource Fair in Lindsay, and Sacramento Multicultural Fair as part of the Bi-National Health Month. CalAg displayed ergonomic tools and materials. The Celebrando Nuestra Salud in Sacramento and la Feria De Salud in Stockton and la Feria De Salud del Condado de Tahama in the city of Corning were well-attended and offered bi-lingual health services to farm families.

CalAg conducted the Rehabilitating Farmers and Ranchers program to regional specialists of the North Bay Workers Compensation Association in Rohnert Park. Attendees were doctors, nurses, claims adjusters, investigators, and medical providers. Staff members also met with VR in Stanislaus County to assist them in evaluating farmers who need mobility devices. The Farm Transition Network Conference (IFTN) in Modesto provided farmers help in planning for land transition to younger family members or partners. CalAg held information workshops with Yolo Literacy Association, Yolo County Extension and Ag Commissioner’s Offices, and N. Cal Legal Assistance. The program is almost finished with the hearing loss prevention material with Yolo County HLAA.

A CalAg outreach rep received advanced training at the Disabilities Conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Staff also attended the 2-day train-the-trainer Exercise Program with the Arthritis Foundation in Roseville. Trainees will conduct 6-week workshops in English in farm communities. CalAg also conducted a Spanish-language arthritis Taking the Reins training for 10 farmers at Nights Landing Resource Center. CalAg’s collaborator Farmer Veteran Coalition, held their annual dinner event and CalAg have started working with a new veteran “graduate” of Archi’s Acres in San Diego.

Submitted by Martha Stiles