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November 2012


"The ride in the golf cart was wonderful!" said B.J. Harper on the day her husband Johnny received his golf cart with the help of the Tennessee AgrAbility program, Madison County Farm Bureau, and Young Farmers and Ranchers. Johnny told her before they got out of the cart, "I did not think I would ever have one of these. Now I can look at my blueberry bushes and make sure they are in good shape." "When he had the use of both of his legs, he spent every evening hoeing the garden; it was his time to unwind." He told his wife how he was going to be able to do that again and knowing he is in something that is less dangerous (he was using the lawn mower for mobility) has already helped her stress level." "Seeing the tears in Johnny and B.J.'s eyes melted my heart. This is the reason I love my job," said Joetta White, UT area specialist for the AgrAbility program.

Harper was referred to AgrAbility by Work Plus Rehab in Jackson, where he receives therapy. He is an above the knee amputee as a result of diabetes. Harper and his wife own 3.9 acres of blueberries, fruit trees, early and late produce. He sells his produce at a local farmers market.

Submitted by Joetta White