I’m not just growing food, I’m growing the people that eat the food.
I believe that when our community eats healthy, nutritious foods, we will be healthy, more productive and economically better off. I truly believe that what I do has a penetrating impact on the well being of my community, and my country. So I can’t stop. Besides that I love the work, the fresh air, the smell of wet dirt on a cold spring morning, it is my passion.
Now I am more willing to ask for help from the community through our Community Farm Days and CSA volunteer hours here at Goodness Grows. I never realized how many people actually want to help on the farm until I invited them to come out!
I have also learned how to adapt to having RA through the AgrAbility Program. Through AgrAbility PA, I have learned more about assistive technology that I can use to reduce strain on my hands and hips.
AgrAbility connected me with occupational therapists to understand how I can improve the safety and design of my daily tasks to prevent further injury. With financial help of Occupational Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), I was provided with equipment that reduces stress on my joints, preventing further injury.
Farming is still hard work. Ultimately when I question if what I’m doing is the right thing, I am reminded by my customers, my community, just how much they value what I do. I hope to be able to keep going for many years to come.
If you know a farmer that is struggling to complete their daily tasks, please let them know that help is available.