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March 2013


In January, CalAgrAbility conducted three "Taking the Reins: Living & Working on California Farms" workshops, one in English and two in Spanish, serving a total of 100 farm families. Participants at the Davis Senior Center enjoyed the exercise breaks included in the presentation so much that CalAg staff will be starting a "Get Moving: Arthritis Prevention & Pain Management Exercise Program" there. The classes will be offered Tuesdays, February 12-March 26 at 3:00 p.m.

CalAg staff was invited to conduct a Spanish "Taking the Reins program" at the Migrant Education Region 2 annual "Juntos Podemos Crecer" parent conference, where parents are taught different methods to become more involved in their children's education, as well as explained different topics related to agriculture. Parents enjoyed the workshop very much and would like CalAg to return to hold exercise classes. Staff also conducted a Spanish "Taking the Reins" for the Yolo County Children's Alliance Promotoras group of West Sacramento.

CalAg staff conducted a site visit for a female farmer in Tehama County who had a spinal tumor removed in 2009, which lead to limited mobility in her hands and back pain. She manages two ranches on her own, a total of over 80 acres and over 100 head of livestock, including horses, cows, and sheep. Staff members were able to observe her daily routine and access her needs on the farm to better serve her.

Submitted by Martha Stiles