Clif Slade

Clif Slade

  Clif Slade is a 63 years old retired U.S. military veteran farmer from Surry County, Virginia.  He endured a range of aliments including muscle strain in his upper shoulder and neck and nerve damage in his right leg providing him with only 75% functioning capacity. Clif has had two back surgeries and must now wear a foot-drop prosthetic. He has trouble with lifting, walking, bending, stooping, and mounting and dismounting his tractor. AgrAbility Virginia referred him to the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) who assessed Clif’s situation and recommended extending the handles on his hand tools. DARS rehab engineers modified the wooden handles and attached machined aluminum tubing that extended the tool handles without decreasing the strength or significantly increasing the weight of the handles. The aluminum tubing was provided by the Assistive Technology Fund of Easter Seals UCP. Prior to the modifications, Clif was only able to work three beds now he can work four beds within the same timeframe. He says his modified tool handles have resulted in a 25% production increase and reduced...
Mojdeh and Robert

Mojdeh and Robert

  Mojdeh and Robert run a twenty-seven acre produce farm in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Mojdeh is challenged by sciatic nerve problems in her lower back and degenerative disc disease, significant arthritis in her knees, and diabetes. Robert suffers from ilioinguinal nerve entrapment causing severe pain and arthritis in his left knee. For both Mojdeh and Robert, standing, squatting, lifting, and excessive sitting and walking are often very challenging. Because they lacked a gardening irrigation system, they needed to water their crops by hand and endured additional pain. AgrAbility Virginia’s Service Coordinators, Joe Young, was able to assist them in connecting with Virginia State University. Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach program granted Robert and Mojdeh a grant for a drip irrigation system that was installed by Virginia State. AgrAbility Virginia also recommended that they purchase a rolling cart and hand tools to use while working their crops which will reduce the stress on their backs and knees. Robert and Mojdeh reported the garden cart and irrigation system have increased their labor ability by 50% and their produce production by...