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May 2020

New Mexico

New Mexico AgrAbility received a donation from Grow Your Food, a Canadian company promoting food growing. The project received four seeding squares which can assist children, people with intellectual disabilities, and elderly people with cognitive decline to appropriately plant and space seeds in a one-foot square. The plastic template helps create a Square Foot Garden.

AgrAbility partner University of New Mexico-Occupational Therapy Graduate Program has received a $25,000 NIH pilot grant to study quality of life and perceptions of daily life of rural New Mexicans during the COVID-19 health emergency, including farmers and ranchers as compared to urban/suburban dwelling people. The work is to commence immediately, and the study has received an IRB exempt status.

Submitted by Carla Wilhite