Advisory Group

The formation of this group is a result of our most recent USDA grant that funds the AgrAbility Virginia program. For 2014-2018 (and beyond), we are eager to increase the scope and depth of our services and resources for farmers and agricultural workers who call AgrAbility for assistance. We are also planning for long-term program sustainability, which, we believe, requires the participation and guidance of AgrAbility Virginia stakeholders who are committed to enhancing our programming goals, services, and resources.

Meet the AgrAbility Virginia Advisory Group

William Crutchfield

Director, Small Farm Outreach and Technical Assistance Program

Virginia State University

P.O. Box 9081, Suite 203

Petersburg, VA 23805

wcrutchfield@vsu.edu

 

Robert “Bobby” Grisso

Associate Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Virginia Cooperative Extension/Virginia Tech

115 Hutcheson Hall (0908)

Blacksburg, VA 24061

rgrisso@vt.edu

 

Robert “Bob” Krollman

Assistive Technology Specialist-Aging Coordinator

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Tico13@aol.com

 

Beth O’Connor

Executive Director, Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA)

2265 Kraft Drive

Blacksburg, Virginia 24060

boconnor@vcom.vt.edu

 

Robert “Bob” Pitman

Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Virginia Cooperative Extension

2229 Menokin Road

Warsaw, VA 22572

rpitman@vt.edu

 

Rick Sizemore

Director, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center

28 Andrew Russell Lane

Fishersville, VA 22939

Rick.Sizemore@wwrc.virginia.gov

 

Renard Turner

Vanguard Ranch LTD

3427 Valentine Mill Road

Gordonsville, VA 22942

vanguardranch@cvalink.com

 

Terrie Webb

WEBB’S GARDENS

13133 Moody Road

North Prince George, VA, 23860

twebb0118@comcast.net

Roles and Responsibilities of the AgrAbility Virginia Advisory Group

Each advisory group member has one or more of the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Organizational Guidance:  Provide broad programmatic advice, recommendations and guidance to the AgrAbility Virginia program by offering feedback to the Leadership Team relative to services, programs, publications, communications, strategies, goals and effectiveness.
  • Funding and sustainability: Assist AgrAbility Virginia in identifying funding and other resources to support its mission and efforts to assist individuals farming with a disability with identified needs.  The advisory group may also review funding proposals as appropriate.
  • Outreach:  Identify opportunities to share information about AgrAbility Virginia with individuals and organizations in person and/or through written and social media; inform the public of the programs, accomplishments and goals of AgrAbility Virginia.
  • Education: Participate in AgrAbility trainings, outreach activities, and AgrAbility Virginia meetings, as appropriate and feasible.
  • Community Engagement: Assist AgrAbility Virginia in maintaining good relations with community partners as well as in promoting AgrAbility Virginia activities with these partners; assist in recruiting new community partners who can assist AgrAbility Virginia in fulfilling its mission.
  • Referrals: Provide recommendations or referrals for new advisory group members, farmer advocates, and individuals farming with a disability who could benefit from AgrAbility Virginia services.