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April 2018


The staff met with Kiyo Sakamoto, a Ph.D. student from Japan, to talk about the social aspects of agriculture that help those with limitations. His work in various countries with the rural populations, especially agriculture populations, allowed for some very interesting discussions on how other countries look at disabilities.

April is here and the 14th is the Veteran and Beginning Farmer Workshop at the KSU Research and Demonstration Farm south of Frankfort. KY AgrAbility reached out to several partners and is able to do this one-day event free of charge to those attending. NCAT/ATTRA is helping with the beginning farmer portion of the day, and others from the University of Kentucky will explain water plans and other regulations. Dr. Deborah Reed will host the safety portion of the day. The afternoon will be devoted to AgrAbility, with the last event being a demonstration of how to build and plant an accessible garden with help from the local Stewart Home & School, a home that is devoted to people of all ages with developmental disabilities. In the afternoon will be demonstrations of various farm equipment with modifications for those with limitations and other assistive tools for use around the farm and home.

Submitted by Linda Bokros