Summer 2023
Farmer Dinner Theaters
Farm stress is unlike any other, therefore practices for addressing farm stress, health & safety require a unique approach. In order to facilitate conversations on these topics and share available resources, "Farmer Dinner Theaters" have been instituted across the state. AgrAbility Virginia, Valley Urgent Care, Virginia 4H, Cooperative Extension and FFA organized four events reaching a total of 150 farmers and farm families. Clover Hill, Weyers Cave, Rocky Mount and Broadway played host to the events, and plans are already in the works for a fifth event in the Fall.

Farmers’ Dinner Theatres occur around the dinner table and celebrate rural culture and values in a fun and safe environment. Topics covered include farm health, stress, and safety issues touching local farm families and communities.
Many thanks to the Daily News Record for sharing about this event. A full article can be read by clicking HERE.

Photo credit: Daniel Lin of the Daily News Record.
In Other News:

  • AgrAbility Virginia is collaborating with Mary Baldwin University and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services on two Extension publications. These publications are oriented to help service providers understand farmers’ specific needs and promote rehabilitation that will allow them to meet their farming goals. We look forward to sharing the final publications with you in the near future!

  • We are proud to be working on a project with other groups entitled: "Community-based Health Equity Research to Practice Initiative to Increase Farm Worker and Agricultural Laborer (FW&AL) Health, Safety, and Wellness in Virginia". This community-based research and Extension/outreach project is supported by a novel collaboration that brings together expertise and experience in public health (VT Center for Public Health Practice and Research, food systems (VT Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation); farm safety, health, and wellness (AgrAbility Virginia Program and VT Environmental Health and Safety FAST Program); economic development (VT Center for Economic and Community Engagement); historically underserved farmer outreach and extension education (Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program); and farm worker and agricultural laborer outreach and education (county-based Virginia Cooperative Extension offices), and legal expertise (Legal Aid Justice Center). This collaboration is the first of its kind at Virginia Tech to examine and address farm worker health, safety and using a community-based, culturally-appropriate, and socio-vulnerability research-to-practice approach and design.

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AgrAbility Virginia is funded by AgrAbility Project, USDA/NIFA Special Project 2019-2022 (41590-22326) and administered by Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, Easterseals UCP North Carolina/Virginia, Inc. and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, United States; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, United States.
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