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June 2023


Emily Whittier, Washington AgrAbility co-coordinator, tabled at the Goldendale Home and Garden Show in Goldendale, WA on May 5-6. The AT displayed was a huge hit and brought a lot of traffic to the table. Several people entered a drawing for gift bags that included Washington AgrAbility hats and grippy gardening gloves. Emily handed out several copies of National AgrAbility's booklets on arthritis and back pain, as well as many Toolbox postcards.

A man in a powered wheelchair gtalking to a young woman at a Washington AgrAbility table with a banner in the background reading FARMING CAN BE STRESSFULDebbie Fredricks and Alyssa Wade, Washington AgrAbility co-coordinators attended the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Conference in Worley, Idaho on May 8-11. They tabled at the event with several pieces of AT displayed, distributed AgrAbility pamphlets and booklets, and held many great conversations about AgrAbility with different tribes. Debbie Fredrick spoke with the Cowlitz tribe and the Inter-Tribal Warrior Society Chaplin about AgrAbility and Farm Stress.

It's been hot in Washington! A recent study by Oregon State University found that hot temperatures correlated to higher rates of traumatic injuries. Injuries increased starting at 75-degree heat and increased even more at 90 degrees and above. The study also examined the impact of wildfire smoke, as wildfire occurrences rise across the nation. Washington AgrAbility is sharing heat-related information from the WA Department of Labor and Industries and the CDC with partners to help increase awareness, recognition, and prevention of heat-induced illness.

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Submitted by Washington AgrAbility Project