Acknowledgements

Initial support for the “Accessible Gardening Program” was provided by the USDA AgrAbility Project. The University of Missouri Outreach and Extension, Agricultural Engineering Extension and the MU Departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy collaborated with the development of these basic resource materials. Additional resource development was provided by Doris O’Hara, OTR/L.  

The emphasis of the “Gardens for Every Body” program is to provide basic information on “How” to create an accessible garden as well as “How” to select and safely use ergonomic, enabling, or modified garden tools designed for persons with limitations.

In 1999, the MU accessible garden program was renamed “Gardens for Every Body,” with additional support from the NIDRR Department of Education coupled with gardening gadgets, tools, equipment, and materials donated by Lowes, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart. The emphasis of the “Gardens for Every Body” program is to provide basic information on “How” to create an accessible garden as well as “How” to select and safely use ergonomic, enabling, or modified garden tools designed for persons with limitations.