Resources for women farmers & gardeners

Women & Tools

Why Tools for Women?

A tool or piece of equipment should fit the user. Fit helps determine how well a tool works and how safe it is to use or operate. Read more

Women & Farming

Globally, women play a huge role in food production. Here in the U.S., the number of farms operated by women has increased significantly, far outpacing the growth in farms overall. Read more

Choosing Tools

To find tools and equipment that are ergonomically correct for you – and therefore safest, most comfortable and easiest to use

Using Tools

Digging the Dirt

Digging the Dirt

Digging often requires more than a spade or shovel. Various auxiliary digging tools make the job as easy and efficient as possible. Read more

Shoveling 101

Shoveling 101

When you shovel, you lift, bend & often twist – movements that put you at risk for injuries and musculoskeletal disorders such as lower back pain. Here's how to shovel safely. Read more

Staying Healthy

Using your body

Body Mechanics Basics

>Body Mechanics Basics

Body mechanics involves the utilization of correct muscles to complete a task safely and efficiently. Read more

Lifting, Reaching & Other Tasks

Lifting, Reaching & Other Tasks

Principles of physics & other suggestions to help with gardening / farming tasks. Read more

Using Body Mechanics & Other Tools to Do What You Love Longer PDF

Using Body Mechanics & Other Tools to Do What You Love Longer PDF

Downloadable PDF includes stretches & core strengthening exercises, tips for choosing tools, and other suggestions for staying healthy. Read more

Stretching & Strengthening

Stretching & Strengthening intro

>Body Mechanics Basics

Stretching as a warm-up to physical work or exercise has long been believed to reduce the risk of injury

Stretches

Stretches

Stretches for abdomen, back & buttocks

Yoga for Gardeners

Yoga for Gardeners

Six yoga poses that are great for the growing season, courtesy of our friends at Rodale.com

Core Strengthening Exercises

Core Strengthening Exercises

These exercises help strengthen abdominal, back & pelvic-area muscles, making many tasks easier

Tips from Ann

Preventing injuries and illnesses

Preventing injuries and illnesses

Insights gleaned from years of practice and experience, in nursing and in life

Ergonomics

Ergonomics for Women slide show (download)

Ergonomics for Women slide show

Learn about ergonomics, preventing injuries and working more safely. This slide show was prepared by Jennifer Hess from the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center

Hergonomic® Tools

Hergonomic® Tools

Hergonomic® means ergonomic, for women. Hergonomic® tools such as HERShovel are designed to be easiest and safest to use, most comfortable and most effective for women.

Using Tools

Digging the Dirt

Digging the Dirt

Digging often requires more than a spade or shovel. Various auxiliary digging tools make the job as easy and efficient as possible.

Shoveling 101

Shoveling 101

When you shovel, you lift, bend & often twist – movements that put you at risk for injuries and musculoskeletal disorders such as lower back pain. Here's how to shovel safely.

For Women Livestock Farmers

Livestock Farmer Safety

Livestock Farmer Safety

Find some of the best info available on safe livestock handling on one easy-to-use site, or join a new forum for women livestock farmers Read more

Livestock Farmer Resources

Livestock Farmer Resources

Watch videos, find handouts & links on animal behavior & safe animal handling. Cattle, dairy, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas & alpacas Read more

Livestock Farmer Forum

Livestock Farmer Forum

If you’re a woman livestock farmer, this forum is for you! Post questions, exchange info & tips, solve problems around animal handling, tools Read more

Stories

Inspiration

>Body Mechanics Basics

One of the best things about running Green Heron Tools is the people we meet along the way...

Links

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