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HELPING RURAL COLORADOANS MAINTAIN EMPLOYMENT

SERVING THE NEEDS OF COLORADO’S FARM AND RANCH FAMILIES AFFECTED BY DISABILITIES

The Colorado AgrAbility Project (CAP) is a partnership between Colorado State University Extension and Goodwill Industries of Denver. The program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) that requires CAP to provide direct services, education, marketing, and networking. This unique collaboration promotes independence in production agriculture by helping workers find the help they need to begin, remain, or regain employment on their farm or ranch.

Thanks to the Colorado AgrAbility program, Colorado farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture are able to continue working, despite a long term illness, permanent injury, aging issues or other physical challenges.

Supportive Services Include:

  • Agricultural work sites and task assessments
  • Recommendations for farm equipment adaptation, home modifications, and adaptive equipment
  • Resource referrals
  • Educational workshops facilitated by CSU Extension for farmers, ranchers and family members with disabilities and the professionals who work with them

Contact: (720) 539-4435 or email Candiss Leathers at cleathers@goodwillcolorado.org

Dusty Franklin runs a custom hay business and farms meat goats near Kersey, Colorado. He has severe Osteoarthritis in his back, which makes it difficult to keep up with the manual labor of running his farm. AgrAbility and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation were able to find him the funding to purchase a swather that will help him cut hay. Hear more about Dusty’s AgrAbility story in his testimonial above!

WINTER WORKSHOPS WITH AGRABILITY

The AgrAbility Program supports Colorado farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with workshops to support their well-being and successful business operations. Previous workshops include a Veterans Workshop, Agricultural Mediation Workshop, and a Women in Agriculture Workshop.

Check out some of our Winter Workshop classes below, and contact Candiss Leathers if you are interested in learning more!

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