Farming for Life: Using body mechanics & other tools to do what you love longer

Ann Adams uses an auxiliary D handle on HERShovel.

Ann Adams uses an auxiliary D handle on HERShovel.

Working carefully, taking care of your bones and muscles, helps extend the years you can keep doing what you love: farming, gardening and living well. “Good body mechanics are critical,” said Ann Adams & Liz Brensinger, from Green Heron Tools. Make a conscious effort in the way you move, lift and shovel to minimize injuries and pain. Adams and Brensinger also shared their insights into tool choices and ergonomics.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries where muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments or bones are damaged by stretching farther or working harder than their capacity. MSDs are the leading cause of disabilities and pain for people in their working years. 150% more MSDs are reported in production agriculture than in American industries overall. Farming is the most common trade of women with occupationally associated MSDs. Women farmers have the second greatest severity of disability from MSDs across all US industries. [more]


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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