As part of AgrAbility in Georgia's work plan for the past four years, staff have been creating an assistive technology farm. Not only is there a physical farm but soon there will be a virtual farm as well! AgrAbility Farm, located in Tifton, GA, has received quite a few donations in equipment and workers are now preparing the land. By the end of summer, the program will hold our first trainings at this location. Since not everyone would be able to physically visit the farm in Tifton, AgrAbility of Georgia is also creating a virtual version that will allow anyone in the world to experience it. A layout of the farm is available at www.farmagain.com/farmlayout. The planners have built many 3D models over the past few years and now are ready for it to come to life. AgrAbility of Georgia has recently been working with eXtension to create the farm in Second Life (a free online virtual world). Staff will soon be reaching out to other AgrAbility states to form a work group to further develop the details of the virtual farm. If you are interested in participating, please contact Becky at email@example.com.
AgrAbility of Georgia will be hosting two new webinars that are free to the AgrAbility network. Therese Willkomm will be the presenter. The topics include Tools and Tool Adaptations for Farmers with Disabilities (2/4/13 at 3:30-5 pm) and iPads and Farming with Disability (5/13/13 3:30-5 pm). Staff will send more details on how to register via the AgrAbility list-serv. Space will be limited.
AgrAbility of Georgia presented at the Fall Agricultural and Environment Awareness Day at the UGA Tifton campus. Over 900 4th graders went through 34 different learning stations. One station was on AgrAbility and staff shared about the project and assistive technology on the farm.
Submitted by Cathy Walters