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
Director, Small Farm Outreach and Technical Assistance Program
Virginia State University
P.O. Box 9081, Suite 203
Petersburg, VA 23805
Robert “Bobby” Grisso
Associate Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Virginia Cooperative Extension/Virginia Tech
115 Hutcheson Hall (0908)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Robert “Bob” Krollman
Assistive Technology Specialist-Aging Coordinator
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Executive Director, Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA)
2265 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
Robert “Bob” Pitman
Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Virginia Cooperative Extension
2229 Menokin Road
Warsaw, VA 22572
Director, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
28 Andrew Russell Lane
Fishersville, VA 22939
Vanguard Ranch LTD
3427 Valentine Mill Road
Gordonsville, VA 22942
13133 Moody Road
North Prince George, VA, 23860
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.