Zoom Discussions and Communities of Interest

AgrAbility Zoom Discussions

These are intended to be primarily vehicles for discussion, networking, and collaboration. There may be a brief presentation during the sessions to encourage questions and discussion.

Archived discussions:

AgrAbility Communities of Interest (COIs)

COIs are member-driven groups that discuss topics related to disability in agriculture. Communities normally have conference calls or web meetings, and structure of these meetings may include open discussion, case studies, and presentations from outside experts. AgrAbility COIs are open to those not employed by AgrAbility Projects, including consumers and professionals.

Current Communities of Interest

Joe Ricker

Description: The Veterans Community of Interest addresses a wide range of issues related to veterans involved in or interested in agriculture. Topics include beginning farmer issues, finance, assistive technology, and many others. Zoom meetings are archived here.

Marketing and Media
Leader: Paul Jones

Description: The Marketing and Media Community discusses issues faced by AgrAbility staff members in promoting their programs. Topics include social media, public awareness events, branding, publication design, and storytelling. This COI meets quarterly via conference call or web meetings.

Leader: Joe Ricker

Description: The Beekeeping Community of Interest discusses a wide range of topics related to beekeeping with a special focus on assistive technology for beekeepers. Virtual meetings often feature an outside expert.

Leader: Kimber Nicoletti-Martínez

Description: The Farmworker Community of Interest focuses on issues related to migrant/seasonal farmworkers and other “settled” farmworker populations. Topics include not only physical disability issues but also stress and mental health concerns.

International AgrAbility Network
Leader: Ned Stoller

Description:  The International AgrAbility Network collaborates to identify low-tech assistive technology that will improve a farmer’s likelihood of success after a disabling injury or illness. Low-tech assistive technology is made with readily available parts, simple to use with minimal training, inexpensive to create, and practical for farm use.