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Vermont AgrAbility Field Day to Be Held In Springfield, Aug. 20

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Springfield—University of Vermont Extension’s AgrAbility Project and the Vermont Center for Independent Living will host a field day on Aug. 20 for farmers with a disability or who have an injury or debilitating disease that impacts their ability to farm or continue to live well.

The Vermont AgrAbility 2014 Farmers’ Field Day is planned for Young’s Milky Way Farm in Springfield (2528 Connecticut River Rd.; U.S. Rte. 5), which is owned and operated by Kenny and Kelli Young. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a free catered lunch for the first 100 attendees.

Registration is not required but anyone needing a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact Geoff Whitchurch at (802) 888-4972 or geoffrey.whitchurch@uvm.edu by Aug. 15. For more information about the field day, contact Whitchurch or Tom Younkman at (802) 888-2180 or tyounkman@vcil.org.

The focus of the day will be on providing information about adaptive technology, accessible equipment and other resources to help farmers continue to farm safely. Kenny Young, who was severely injured in an accident eight years ago, will share his experiences with modifying his farm and home in order to stay actively involved on his farm.

In addition to tours of the home and farm, demonstrations will be offered on accessible equipment, adaptive tools and technology and ergonomics for women. Several experts will be on hand to discuss farming with health issues or injury. Farmers also may visit with representatives from various agencies and organizations including Vermont AgrAbility, Vermont Center for Independent Living, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, the Vermont Farm Bureau, Amputee Coalition of America, GetATStuff and Farm First, among others.