What we do
The Vermont AgrAbility Project is a program that provides education and assistance to farmers and farm workers with disabilities who are engaged in production agriculture and want to continue farming.
Established in the 1990 Farm Bill , AgrAbility is administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service at USDA. Vermont AgrAbility is a collective partnership with University of Vermont Extension, Rural and Agricultural VocRehab and Vermont Center for Independent Living.
Farmers eligible for Vermont AgrAbility services may have any type of acquired or traumatic disablity- physical, cognitive or sensory.
No Cost Services
- Information and Referral ~ Vermont AgrAbility provides information about farming with a disability and referral information on services available in agriculture, rehabilitation and their community.
- On-Site and technical Assistance~ Vermont AgrAbility conducts on-site home and agricultural work site assessments and recommends ways to continue farming. This includes how to restructure work tasks or operations, explore alternatives ag enterprises, modify farm equipment and tools, and acquire agriculture-related assistive technology.
- secondary Injury Prevention ~ Vermont AgrAbility creates awareness and provides information on preventing further injuries or disabling conditions.
- Peer Support~ Vermont AgrAbility connects farmers with newly acquired disabilities with others who have successfully accommodated their disability.
- Training and Education~ Vermont AgrAbility provides training and education about farming with a disability for rehabilitation and health care practitioners, ag professionals and other community agencies.