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May 2022


Man sitting on edge of large wooden raised-bed garden box that has boards nailed on sides to sit on.2 men outside of a building standing on cement patio looking at raised-bed garden wood tables.Through a community challenge grant issued through Alaska AARP, Art Nash built a small variety of raised bed planter boxes and a trellis box at the Palmer Senior Center. The planting area will be used by patrons of the senior center throughout the summer to grow vegetables, will also serve as a demo area for workshops and instruction related to accessible gardening tools and techniques.The Palmer Senior Center personnel are interested in having a variety of accessible gardening tools for their patrons to check out throughout the summer. Signage for the constructed gardening area is in the works that will provide educational, resource, and AKAgrAbility contact information for the general public.

AKAgrAbility staff provided information regarding assistive technology and services for agricultural workers to a variety of organizations including the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Wasilla Senior Center Low Vision Group, and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Job Center in Fairbanks. Art Nash also delivered a workshop in conjunction with Alaska AARP titled "Gardening: Love to Garden but Aches & Pains Getting in the Way?"

Submitted by DeShana York