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May 2022

National AgrAbility Project

Sunset over an OH farm with farm buildings in background & field on left with a winding road & trees on rightAn AgrAbility Regional Workshop will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Easton from June 28th - 30th. Room reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn may be made by clicking HERE. The room block closes on May 27th, so don't miss out.

This workshop will focus on urban agriculture, working with vocational rehabilitation, prescription medication safety, assistive technology in agriculture, farming with a developmental disability, business planning, and work/life balance. On June 28th and 29th, there will be speakers from the National AgrAbility Project, Ohio AgrAbility Project, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, The Ohio State University Extension, H.A.R.D. Acre Farm, LifeLyfts, Farm Service Agency, and others.

There will also be a day of agricultural tours on Thursday, June 30th.
You can find more information and get the link to registration HERE.

Submitted by Goodwill of the Finger Lakes

Ned Stoller and Joe Ricker hosted a Zoom meeting on a Beekeeping Community of Interest (COI) on April 29th. The intent was to determine the breadth of organizations that have ideas for adaptive technology to assist veterans. Attendees from across North America where present, including multiple universities, non-profit programs, and even a veteran program out of Canada. A sample of organizations attending were the NAP, SRAPs from AK, NC, MO, MI, OH, CO, and VA, programs like Heroes to Hives (Michigan State University), Michigan State and Purdue entomology programs, wellbeing programs (Veterans for Beekeeping), and adaptive technology programs (Accessible Beekeeping). The main topics for the discussion were introductions, developing means of communications across the spectrum of this COI, and future meeting development.

The desire is to drive improvements by coordinating efforts across the continent into a more synchronized team of teams. The Beekeeping COI will continue to meet monthly to discuss any action ideas. Everyone is welcome to attend. Anyone wanting to be on the communication list should send their email to Joe Ricker at

Submitted by Joe Ricker