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June 2017


The Kentucky AgrAbility project is moving right along. Three people from the team will be attending the ISASH conference in Utah. Also in June is the National Extension Technology Conference in Savannah, Georgia. This is a time to check out the new technology available for the Extension agents from around the country, and KY AgrAbility will have a representative at the conference.

Preparations on the various accessible garden sites around the states are in full swing. Gardens for the youth program at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital are being planted by KY AgrAbility's partner, Easter Seals, with the help of the Master Gardeners program in the central Kentucky area. At the same location is a garden for older clients of the rehabilitation facility who have disabilities. The accessible garden at the newly opened Senior Center in Lexington is being developed with the help of KY AgrAbility. This will provide the center, not only with landscaping, but with fresh vegetables for those participating in the program.

KY State University's Third Thursday Program will be hosting its 20th Anniversary Workshop on July 20th. Approximately 1,200 are expected to attend the all-day event, starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting through the evening meal. KY AgrAbility will be hosting a track after lunch that will include an introduction to AgrAbility, how to farm with a disability, an interactive session with the Ride-N-Drive course, and hands-on assistive technology demonstrations. There is no fee to come and both lunch and an evening meal will be provided. Other tracks at the workshop include animal sciences, family and consumer science, aquaculture, organics, food and nutrition, and several others. If you are available on July 20th KY AgrAbility would like to see you at this celebration of the Third Thursday Event at the KSU Research and Demonstration Farm. For more information, check out the Third Thursday Event website.

Submitted by Linda Bokros