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Re: Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #860 - 4 msgs

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #860 - 4 msgs
  • From: "Dr. H. Michael Simmons" <simmonsm@bloomington.in.us>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 05:17:10 -0500 (EST)


     We use raised beds that are 4' x 8' x 2'4".  This works well for the
majority of our gardeners with disabilities.  Some gardeners lean or sit
on the edges of the beds while working.  Those using wheelchairs can work
easily at soil level.  If you have the option, it would be nice to include
lower beds at different heights to make it easier to work with taller
crops while using a wheelchair.  It is important that the beds be situated
on wheelchair-friendly surfaces (pavement or packed, finely-crushed
stone).  It is also important to assure proper distances between the beds
to allow for wheelchairs to maneuver.  We allow ten feet, although five
will work if you have limited space.


H. Michael Simmons, Ph.D.
Adult/Family Program Specialist
Bloomington Parks and Recreation
P. O. Box 848
Bloomington, IN 47402
(812)349-3737 Fax: (812)349-3707

 On Tue, 30 Oct 2001, Barbara Gordon

> I'm looking for specifications for a raised bed that will accommodate a
> person in a wheelchair.  Do any of you know of such?? I work with students
> at San Jose State U in San Jose, California.  Sometimes I have students who
> have various physical disabilities such as blindness or other physical
> constraints.  Some are wheelchair bound.  I know that there are different
> chairs, heights and so on but someone must know something about raised beds
> that fit for many.  I cannot find anything.  Can anyone help??
> Thanks,
> Barbara
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