Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BA in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

Advisor(s)

Jane Lehr and Michael Huangs

Abstract

The Ranch, a local nonprofit that is a community gathering location for recreation and education, providing outdoor employment opportunities for area residents with developmental disabilities and a unique experience for volunteers and visitors., was lacking a farming and gardening environment that was fully accessible for all people including those in wheelchairs. This project provided substantial background research for the mission of The Ranch, demonstrated sustainable design, secured material donations, CAD modeled raised beds, and provided meaningful employment during the construction of the raised beds. The project resulted in three different raised bed designs that are all in use by The Ranch and will support the social justice and environmental mission of The Ranch for years to come.

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