Focusing on California's returning veterans, CalAgrAbility staff participated in the first Farmer Veteran Coalition Women's Conference for women veterans interested in beginning a new agriculture career or currently working in agriculture. CalAg was represented at another veteran event sponsored by Senator Yamada, a Veteran Roundtable in Fairfield, Solano County.
Commodity festivals are in full swing in California and CalAg is taking advantage by being represented at special health and safety events in the region. Staff members attended the Capay Valley Tomato Festival and the Pear Fair in the Delta region near Courtland, California. The bilingual representatives traveled to Sacramento to represent CalAgrAbility at the Center for Employment Training (CET) Health Fair. CalAgrAbility also staffed a booth at the Greenery Health and Safety Fair in Woodland in Yolo County. Staff made some interesting contacts for assistance with consumers including the Ag Warriors, Southern Region Arthritis Foundation, Swords for Plowshares, WE CARE, Inc., and the California Human Development Corporation.
CalAgrAbility's bilingual training staff continues to conduct several self-help arthritis and exercise workshops per month. In July staff conducted Spanish Taking the Reins and Keep Moving at Almondwood in Winters in Yolo County. Staff drove to Clinica Tepati, the Effort Clinic in Sacramento, to provide the arthritis exercise class to a group of ten. CalAg also participated in the Ergonomics Roundtable in Sacramento in July.
Submitted by Martha Stiles