The Rapid Fabrication Workshop for occupational therapists was held on March 12. Therapists learned about low cost assistive technology methods including agricultural applications. They also learned about the AgrAbility network and how to refer patients.
The GA AgrAbility advisory council met on March 5. Guest speakers included Georgia's Feed My School Project (of the Georgia Department of Agriculture). Feed My School helps bridge the gaps in the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities. The result is healthier students, decreased barriers in farm to cafeteria opportunities, and increased awareness as students learn and experience, both educationally and nutritionally, where their food comes from. Staff also learned how AgrAbility farmers can sell their produce to the project. In addition, Dr. Hamida Jinnah, Dr. Zolinda Stoneman, and Dr. Glen Rains presented research findings from the AgTeen project. To date, AgTeen is the largest youth safety research project conducted in the southern region of the U.S. Over 100 families participated with most being from the south Georgia region. Researchers will share their findings from this ground-breaking research project.
AgrAbility helped sponsor the Threads That Bind Us community project held in Tifton, Georgia on March 1. The event was to bring together local artisans and community members to celebrate the art of quilting. Several AgrAbility families participated in the event. The quilts of world renowned artist Beth Mount were on display.
Submitted by Becky Brightwell