Farming has always been a way of life, as well as an occupation, that values the family working together for a common goal. When a family member is affected by a severe disability, this way of life is challenged. In the United States, agricultural production is consistently ranked in the top three most hazardous occupations, with the highest disabling injury rate of any industry.
In addition to the hazards of farming and agricultural production, farmers and their families are subject to the same disabling illnesses and off-farm injuries as those of the general population. For farmers, this situation is further complicated by the fact that they are often isolated from services that could be of assistance to them. The result is a significant number of people with disabilities exposing themselves to further risk of injury by trying to continue in an agricultural lifestyle. The FARM program has been developed to meet this need and help farmers continue their life and love of the farm.
If you are interested in involvement with the FARM Program through an AmeriCorps position, you can learn more about them here.