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November 2012


AgrAbility of Georgia staff and community volunteers erected a hoop house for an AgrAbility farmer. With the hoop house up before winter planting, the client will now be able to continue her organic gardening throughout the winter months and provide her community with fresh vegetables year round.AgrAbility of Georgia farmer clients were guests at the Sunbelt Expo, and staff gave them the VIP treatment.

The Sunbelt Expo, one of the largest agricultural shows in the country and held in Moultrie, Georgia each year, was a big hit. In the course of the three day event, it attracted over 85,000 visitors from all over the country. For the past 34 years the Sunbelt Expo has provided farmers and their families with a glimpse of the newest available agricultural technologyStaff and clients were interviewed by media members at the Sunbelt Expo.. The Expo has donated a double sized booth space to AgrAbility for quite a few years (thanks to the Tennessee AgrAbility Project).

Several AgrAbility farmers attend this year as guests of the program. Staff gave them the VIP treatment and escorted them in their own private golf cart.

The media interviewed AgrAbility staff and farmers. It was another great year at the expo!

AgrAbility of Georgia held its semi-annual board meeting in Tifton on November 1. Three new members joined the board: Chris Ravotti from the Shepherd Center demonstrated some recreational sport options for those in wheelchairs.Richey Seaton, executive director of the Cotton Commission; Charles Hall, executive director of the Fruit & Vegetable Association; and Richard Stanley, a Georgia farmer. Guest speakers included Bryan and Phillip Shadel who distribute the 4x4 Action Trackchair. Attendees were all very impressed with the type of terrain the chair can easily handle. (she chair photo attached) Chris Ravotti, outdoor specialist with the Shepherd Center (AgrAbility in Georgia's non-profit partner), presented low tech and high tech solutions to help people who use wheelchairs enjoy recreational sports.

Submitted by Cathy Walters