Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)
Adaptive Farming and Gardening
Tools to make gardening easier.
About Adaptive Farming and Gardening
Farming and gardening tasks put strain on our bodies. They can become difficult with injury, disability or general aches and pains. Adaptive gardening tools are designed to make gardening accessible to even more people. These tools help pad knees, encourage sitting rather than bending, and are designed to have longer reach so the user doesn’t need to crouch on the ground.
For more information about tools and devices to help people manage a farm, garden, or other outdoor activities, see www.agrability.org/toolbox
What kinds of farm and garden tools are there?
Long Handled and Ergonomic Tools
Handheld tools like trowels, rakes, and pruning shears come in different styles. Look for ones with wide or angled grips, or a long reach. They may be labelled lightweight or ergonomic.
Grip tape or mats can help keep materials in place as you work. Gloves with gripping material, like Bionic, or adapted hooks, like Gripeeze, can help you keep a secure hold of handheld tools.
Wheelbarrows and Carts
A cart or caddy with wheels can be used to transport heavy objects.
Cushions to kneel on can make work more comfortable. Knee pads that you slip on or Velcro around your leg are also available.
Design the area you work in to be more accessible, such as planting in raised garden beds instead of low on the ground.
Lawn Mowers and Other Vehicles
Ride-on or motorized lawnmowers are popular for reducing the strain and fatigue of cutting grass. You can customize a lawnmower with hand controls, entry / exit supports, and other modifications as needed.
If you need additional motorized equipment – such as sprayers, seeding systems, and augers – these can be customized to your needs as well! Visit AgrAbility to learn more.
How can I find out what’s new?
Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:
- adaptive gardening
- ergonomic gardening tools
- adapted farm equipment
How do I find out more?
If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.
If you live in Pennsylvania:
- you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
- you might borrow this equipment to try out.
Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?