Resources for women farmers & gardeners
Women & Tools
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
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
To find tools and equipment that are ergonomically correct for you – and therefore safest, most comfortable and easiest to use
Digging often requires more than a spade or shovel. Various auxiliary digging tools make the job as easy and efficient as possible. Read more
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
Using your body
Body mechanics involves the utilization of correct muscles to complete a task safely and efficiently. Read more
Principles of physics & other suggestions to help with gardening / farming tasks. Read more
Downloadable PDF includes stretches & core strengthening exercises, tips for choosing tools, and other suggestions for staying healthy. Read more
Stretching & Strengthening
Stretching as a warm-up to physical work or exercise has long been believed to reduce the risk of injury
Stretches for abdomen, back & buttocks
Six yoga poses that are great for the growing season, courtesy of our friends at Rodale.com
These exercises help strengthen abdominal, back & pelvic-area muscles, making many tasks easier
Tips from Ann
Insights gleaned from years of practice and experience, in nursing and in life
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® 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.
Digging often requires more than a spade or shovel. Various auxiliary digging tools make the job as easy and efficient as possible.
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
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
Watch videos, find handouts & links on animal behavior & safe animal handling. Cattle, dairy, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas & alpacas Read more
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
One of the best things about running Green Heron Tools is the people we meet along the way...