- Featured Resource
- Other AgrAbility Resources
- Accessible Gardening and Farming
- Gardening and Farming Programs
- Other Gardening and Farming Resources
Breaking New Ground Resource Center
Purdue University began serving farmers with disabilities in 1979, and the program became known as Breaking New Ground. In 1990, Congress created the AgrAbility Program, and Breaking New Ground received the grant to lead the Indiana AgrAbility Project. Since some people know the program as Breaking New Ground and others as AgrAbility, both names are used.
Other AgrAbility Resources
- AgrAbility State Projects Directory
Find the contact information for your state or regional AgrAbility Project.
- National AgrAbility Team Members
The AgrAbility Project works with these partners.
- The Toolbox Assistive Technology Database
The Toolbox includes more than 1,640 resources: Agricultural Tools, Equipment, Machinery & Buildings for Farmers and Ranchers with Physical Disabilities. You can View by Category or Search the Toolbox to find products, designs, ideas, techniques, and suggestions.
- AgrAbility Resources for Farmer Veterans
- AgrAbility COVID-19 Resources
- Breaking New Ground Resource List (PDF)
- Disability and Agriculture
- Agricultural Worksite and Vocational Issues
- Farm Stress and Mental/Behavioral Health
- Arthritis and Agriculture
- Videos Related to Disability in Agriculture
View the videos on AgrAbility YouTube channels.
- Success Stories – What AgrAbility Means to Me
Articles and videos about farmers and ranchers with disabilities who overcame barriers with AgrAbility’s help.
- A Growing Need for Accessible Agriculture (Blog)
- Work with Underserved Populations
- Resources for Caregivers
- AgrAbility Communities of Interest (COIs)
These member-driven groups discuss topics related to disability in agriculture. Communities meet using conference calls or web meetings. Members include consumers and professionals, and anyone not employed by AgrAbility Projects.
- Links to Other Resources
Contact information and links for National, International, and Other Disability resources.
- AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW)
These workshop sessions will run every Tuesday from February 2nd to August 31st, 2021, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET). You only need to register once to have access to all FREE sessions. Sessions will use Zoom and last 1 to 1.5 hours. You can attend as many sessions as you like. Once you register, you will be sent the Zoom link that will be used for all sessions. List of Workshop Sessions with Descriptions [PDF]. The schedule will be updated as more sessions are added. If you have any questions, please contact Tess McKeel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-953-8430.
- Workshop Registration
Upcoming 2021 Workshop Sessions:
- April 6th 1:00pm-2:00pm ET- Working with Farm Media to Promote AgrAbility and Other Ag Organizations
- April 13th 1:00pm-2:00pm ET- Tips for Aging Farmers & Ranchers
- April 20th 1:00pm-2:00pm ET- Safe Livestock Handling and Labor-Saving Devices
- April 27th 1:00pm-2:00pm ET- Table Talk: Assistive Tech for Women in Ag
- AgrAbility Webinar mailing list
- Previous AgrAbility Workshops Archives
Accessible Gardening and Farming
- The Universal Garden
Source: ADA National Network (ADANN)
- Gardening with Disabilities
Source: Washington State University Extension
- Information on Accessible Gardens
Source: Gardening Know How
- Accessible Gardening Techniques
- This Raised Bed Makes Gardening Wheelchair Accessible
Source: Goods Home Design
- Gardening Tips for the Elderly and People with Physical Disabilities
Useful ideas from a British gardener.
- Planning a Garden for Persons with Alzheimer’s
Source: Very Well Health
- Wheelchair Accessible Farming and Gardening
Source: Push Living
- Accessible Farming and Gardening Ideas on Pinterest
Source: Kansas AgrAbility Project
- Carry on Gardening
- How a Blind Woman Adopted a Life in Farming
Source: Modern Farmer
- Hunger Task Force add new ADA accessible garden in La Crosse, WI
Source: WIZM News Talk
Gardening and Farming Programs
- The Ability Garden at Callanwolde
Source: Trellis Horticultural Therapy Alliance
Audio/Podcast (22:09 mins.)
- Farm Again
Source: University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Service
Other Gardening and Farming Resources
- American Horticultural Therapy Association
- APRIL – The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
- Farm Assessment and Rehabilitation Methods (FARM) Program
Source: Easterseals Wisconsin
- FARM Program Summary and Resources
Source: Rural Health Information Hub
- USDA Announces $540,000 to Support People with Disabilities in Agriculture (Press Release)
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)