"Milk & Honey" - That's part of the sweet name that makes up Tim Wallace's passion project in his retirement from teaching elementary art and serving in the United States Army. Milk & Honey Farms is a nonprofit, privately owned farm dedicated to providing fresh fruit and vegetables for those at risk for hunger in south-central Pennsylvania. It is a special place indeed!
The farm provides seasonal garden plots so volunteers from the community can help plant, tend, grow, and harvest crops for local food banks, churches, and veterans organizations to distribute to those in need in the community, including working closely with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Last year, over 3,000 lbs. of produce were donated to the Military Share program of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
AgrAbility PA staff visited Tim's farm and spent several hours talking and exploring ideas for growth, capacity, accessibility, and vitality of the farm's mission. Tim uses a utility vehicle to access much of the hilly terrain of the farm. The AgrAbility PA staff is looking forward to future collaborations with Tim and his farm, as he has strong connections to the military and veteran families in the greater central Pennsylvania area interested in agriculture. To learn more, click here.
WHYY (Philadelphia's NPR affiliate) met and interviewed Dennis Hunsberger, a crop and chicken farmer in Middleburg, PA, who underwent a double amputation in fall 2016 due to complications from bacterial meningitis. Dennis worked with AgrAbility PA and PA's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to acquire a towable lift, tractor steps, and automatic truck bed covers. The story aired on Friday, May 18. Access it by clicking here.
Project Assistant Abbie Spackman met with Dan Christiana of Wheels for the Woods LLC, a Trac-Fab vendor at the Trac-Fab shop. Trac-Fab is a company that designs off-road mobility devices - wheelchairs that include tracks and other custom features for work and recreational mobility across all terrains. If you would like Trac-Fab to attend one of your events, please contact Dan Christiana at (412)629-0436.
Submitted by Abbie Spackman