Indiana AgrAbility is planning the workshop, "Veterans and Agriculture: Opportunities for Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Enrichment," November 7-8 at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette. The workshop is designed for veterans interested in agriculture and for professionals who work with veterans. Day 1 features classroom instruction on such topics as funding agricultural operations, working with the VA and state Vocational Rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury and PTSD, assistive technology for farmers with disabilities, and much more. Day 2 focuses on hands-on experiences at Purdue farms with sessions like livestock management, aquaculture, and agronomy basics, plus tours of local sustainable farms and livestock facilities. SRAP staff members are welcome to attend. More information is slated to be posted soon on www.breakingnewground.info.
Submitted by Paul Jones
Indiana AgrAbility staff and volunteers are spending seventeen days working two shifts per day at the Indiana State Fair. They are staffing a booth for Breaking New Ground and Arthritis in Agriculture in the FFA Pavilion. This exhibit includes passing out brochures, telling fairgoers about AgrAbility, and giving rides to children on the tractor lift while explaining what the lift is and how it helps farmers. Additionally, a pegboard with several AT tools attached is commanding attention from fairgoers. It has been a big hit and Indiana staff members plan to make a more permanent exhibit to start taking to all of the shows they attend. Overall, the fair has had a successful start and the Indiana AgrAbility staff would like to thank all of the volunteers who have been coming out to help.
Submitted by Kylie Hendress
Amber Wolfe staffed an exhibit at the Red Gold Growers' Field Day on July 25 at the Red Gold facility in Geneva, Indiana. The Spanish Fotonovela was distributed to migrant and seasonal staff for Red Gold and the grower operations.
Submitted by Amber Wolfe