FARM Davis works with another non profit organization called Progressive Employment Concepts (PEC) to bring people with disabilities to the farm twice a week. Clients come with their counselors to learn practical skills and to give back to the community at the same time. Some of our PEC farmers have moved on to paid work in landscaping because of the experience they had at our non profit farm. Disabled farmers often use their hands and body differently and tools and equipment can be a struggle to use and maneuver. They also don’t typically have the necessary clothing for dirty work. It rains a lot in our area in the winter and there is often standing water and mud at the farm.
Our delight and purpose is to grow food to give away. We want to better accommodate disabled folks who share our same mission. Tools, equipment, and specialized clothing would allow our disabled farmers to fully participate. Gardening tools and wheelbarrows are generally made for folks who have full control of their hands and body coordination. This project would accommodate disabled farmers with safer and less frustrating tools and equipment plus proper clothing at the farm.