Making gardening accessible through new inventions

A gardening tool is currently being used as an assistive device for blind people. The invention is called Seed and Weed, and was created by Earl Senchuk, who has also invented several other gardening tools. ABC 10 News spoke with Gretchen Preston, a blind woman who has been using Senchuk’s device to continue exploring her passion for gardening, in their article, ‘Invention makes gardening possible for disabled people.’ According to Preston, Senchuk, who personally showed Preston how to use the Seed and Weed, “has done a really nice job on getting his prototype to a place where its easily accessible for a blind, impaired person or someone that has problems with their hands like arthritis.”

Gardening is a form of exercise that is very enjoyable to many people – through the Seed and Weed, Senchuk is extending this form of relaxation to people who might not otherwise be able to partake in it. According to an article by CNN, some studies have associated gardening with lowering the risk of dementia, and helping to fight depression.

In the video below, created by ABC 10 News, Preston and Senchuk explain how she uses the Seed and Weed.

Earl Senchuk is an artist as well as an inventor. His work and creations can be viewed on his website.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.