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September 2013


On August 16, Ohio AgrAbility and Growing Warriors met to discuss the Dayton VA greenhouse project. The Growing Warriors Project is a program to train, assist, and equip veteran families with the skills, tools, and supplies needed to grow high quality, naturally grown produce. Growing Warriors will operate the greenhouse for the VA. The Dayton VA greenhouse project is a collaborative effort between Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital, Dayton VA, Ohio AgrAbility Project, Growing Warriors, Crop King Greenhouses, Sure Hands patient moving systems, and the University of Dayton. The greenhouse is being designed to provide a sustainable work place for veterans who either do not have the use of their legs or have vision problems.

Ohio AgrAbility has joined forces with several partners on a Growers Workforce Development Project. The project will provide support for the development and use of job aids for adults with intellectual disabilities in performing job tasks as a specialty crop grower/worker. The group gathered in August to discuss selected agricultural job duties and analyze specific tasks associated with the job duties. The project will assist adults with intellectual disabilities in obtaining and maintaining full-time employment in agriculture. Project partners include Ohio AgrAbility, OSU South Centers, OSU Extension, OSU Center on Education and Training for Employment, Goodness Grows, Youngstown State University, Cleveland Crops, Cuyahoga County Board of DD, Columbiana County Educational Service Center, and Columbus City Schools.

Submitted by Kent McGuire