Youth Safe Farm Program
Roane County is proud to be a new sponsor of the Youth Safe Farm program. The program is an intensive community-based effort to educate and empower underserved Appalachian farm families to reduce farm injuries to youth. Appalachian farms are typically small, hilly, economically marginal, and poorly served by educational institutions. Geographic isolation and low educational attainment contribute to persistent high rates of injuries to youth.Youth Safe Farm recruits at least 13 families in underserved West Virginia farm communities to learn and work together to identify and control hazards for youths on their farms. At regularly scheduled community meetings, youths and adults learn and are empowered to employ graphic risk mapping to identify hazards to youths and propose controls and practices that will abate these hazards. Subsequent meetings are then organized to report on hazard identification and control, to exchange successes and problems, and to provide motivation to continue to monitor and improve safety conditions. Farms that complete the work of seven meetings in two years will receive a plaque suitable for outdoor mounting that designates the farm as a West Virginia University Youth Safe Farm.
Roane County Youth Safe Farm Program FamiliesThe following Roane County families successfully completed requirements of the 2011 Youth Safe Farm Program. Program participants celebrated their accomplishments on Monday, January 9, 2012 with a final dinner meeting.
The Davis Family – Kyle, Kim, Jenny and Taylor
The Hunt Family – Clark, Jennifer, Emily, Tucker, Levi, and Sawyer
The Ryan/ O’Brien Family – Ron, Debbie, Rachael, Issac, Erin, Kansas, and Michael
The Saunders/ Greathouse Family – Jerry, Judy, Calvin, Houston, Alexis, and Dillon
The Smith Family – Louis, Tammy, Abigail, Emily, Makayla, and Hunter
The Smith Family – Stan, Janet, and Luke
The Taylor Family – Joe, Jill, and Kelsi