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August 2018

North Carolina

Peacehaven Community FarmNC AgrAbility Partnership joined the Peacehaven Community Farm on their Disability Gain Summer Series on July 19, 2018. The Summer Series is an opportunity for the community to gather for a meal and a time of learning about disabilities and inclusion. Peacehaven Community Farm 2The featured speakers led attendees in conversations that ask deeper questions, like: What does it mean to live in community with each other? What do inclusive communities teach us about creativity, leadership, and vulnerability? How can we even begin to understand all that we gain from individuals with different abilities?

Latino Growers AcademyOn July 20, 2018, seven individuals completed the Latino Growers Academy. The closing ceremony was held at the Winstead United Methodist Church in Wilson, NC. The program was designed to provide hands-on education and training to empower families in growing fresh, healthy food with the possibility of creating financial independence in the long term.This program was made possible with support from a grant by W.K. Kellogg Foundation under the guidance of North Carolina Betty Rodriguez (L) at Latino Growers AcademyAssociation Community Development Corporations, Association of Mexicans of North Carolina, Inc., and Cooperative Extension at North Carolina A&T State University. This group received training on practical production, safety, business, and marketing. NC AgrAbility Partnership provided a three-hour training "Work Smarter Not Harder."

L to R: Betty Rodriguez, Dr. Janine Parker, Chuck Baldwin, and Dr. Paula FaulknerNC AgrAbility hosted the "AgrAbility 1890 Land Grant Institution Workshop" at NCA&T Alumni Event Center in Greensboro, NC, July 27-28, 2018. The National AgrAbility Project and NC AgrAbility Partnership participated together in planning for the event. A total of 38 people from 6 states and Washington, D.C. participated at the event. Life Essentials AT lifts at NCA&T AgrAbility workshopThe event opened with a welcome from Dr. Rosalind Dale, associate dean of Cooperative Extension, NC A&T State University, and Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, interim dean, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, NC A&T. Dr. S. Janine Parker, director of NC AgrAbility, presented the overview of purpose. A list of the sessions and presenters follows:

Submitted by Beatriz (Betty) Rodriguez