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For Immediate Release

AgrAbility Comes to the Rescue

AgrAbility makes a difference in the lives of farmers with disabilities

Chesterfield County, VA, September 19, 2016

Media Contact:
Kirk Ballin
Kirk.Ballin@eastersealsucp.org
540-777-7327 ext 123

AgrAbility Press Release

Mojdeh and Robert manage a 27-acre farm in beautiful Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Farming is their life.  However, in recent years, the couple has suffered from medical conditions ranging from diabetes to nerve damage and arthritis.  These health issues have impacted their work on their farm consisting of 22 acres of hardwood trees and 5 acres of commercial produce.

The nature of their commercial produce garden requires squatting, lifting and walking for long periods of time – all challenging activities for Mojdeh and Robert.  Their garden consists of Asian and Middle Eastern vegetables as well as Heirloom tomatoes, shitake mushrooms, cucumbers, kale, herbs, watermelons, heirloom apple trees, berries and honeybee hives.

mojhed and robert

Thanks to AgrAbility, life for Mojdeh and Robert has improved significantly.  AgrAbility Virginia’s Service Coordinator Joe Young assisted the couple in becoming more productive.  Joe sought help from the Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program, which resulted in a grant for a drip irrigation system.  Also, the Natural Resources and Conservation Services is expected to provide a High Tunnel for their farm through another grant.  The High Tunnel enhances production by providing better quality products in addition to extending the growing season.

Mojdeh and Robert have been able to purchase adaptive tools to make working on the farm productive and less painful for them. 

Easterseals UCP supports the partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension making the AgrAbility Virginia project possible.  Learn more about how AgrAbility can help you or someone you love.  For more information: http://www.easterseals.com/NCVA/our-programs/employment-training/agrability.html

 

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