New Mexico AgrAbility project logo

New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP) is a proud partner of the first New Mexico AgrAbility Project. Awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AgrAbility will focus on assisting farmers, ranchers and food growers with disabilities, chronic health issues or aging challenges to continue, return to or begin a food production business.

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Services is collaborating with NMTAP, the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of New Mexico, and Mandy’s Farm to provide technical assistance, educational information, referrals to resources, and networking activities to build value for New Mexico’s agriculture community.

NMTAP is available to provide individual and worksite assessments to offer strategies that allow the farmer, rancher or family member to continue working, increase production and/or prevent secondary injuries. The NMTAP AgrAbility Specialist, working with the food grower, will identify Assistive Technology (AT), environmental modifications, equipment, resources and techniques to perform valued tasks needed to continue participation in work and home life. Educational trainings are available statewide to agricultural stakeholders on AT, adapted farming techniques and secondary injury prevention. This service may include an Occupational Therapy student intern from UNM or the UNM Professor, when available, to collaborate on the improvement in the quality of life of the farmer, rancher, and their family.

If you want more information on AgrAbility services through this project, please contact Project Coordinator Eduardo Medina at 575-646-2925 or emw@nmsu.edu

If you are in need of an AT evaluation or educational training, please contact Deborah Wieclaw, NMTAP AgrAbility Specialist, at 505-841-4464 or Deborah.Wieclaw@state.nm.us.

To learn more about the New Mexico AgrAbility Project please watch our informational video:

Please visit the AgrAbility website at https://agrability.nmsu.edu/ or click the logo’s below to learn more about the project.

 

New Mexico State University College of  Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences logoU.N.M. School of Medicine Occupational Therapy Graduate ProgramMandy's Farm: Grow with us

Rolling Garden Cart

Rolling Garden Cart

Motus D-Grip on a shovel

Motus D-Grip

Radius Ergonomic Multi-Purpose Shovels

Radius Ergonomic Multi-Purpose Shovels

Ergonomic Gardening tools

Ergonomic Gardening Tools

 NMTAP AgrAbility Specialist Deborah Wieclaw pictured with her miniature horse PT

Contact: 505-841-4464 or Deborah.Wieclaw@state.nm.us

NMTAP is a program of the State of New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability, under a grant from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Community Living.