College Kids Help Disabled Farmer


One Brenham farmer has spent the last three years getting used to a new way of life. Preston Northrup and his family raise hay and train horses in Washington County. But three years ago, a spinal injury left Northrup paralyzed from the thighs down.

"What I always worked with was my muscles, now I gotta use my head to figure out how to do everything

But things are getting easier.

"what's going on dude...you do clean up good! "

...Thanks to an organization called AgrAbility and some eager volunteers.

"Ok let's go see what you did "

Chase Edwards started working on the project this summer.

"We videotaped him getting onto his tractor before making the modifications, and noticed a few areas where we thought we could improve"

Edwards, and his friend Ryan Bouse, will be juniors at A&M Consolidated High School this fall.

"We added an overbar handle..."

The enhanced tractor is designed to give Northrup some of his independence back. There are lower steps...{NAT starts engine} and Northrup will be able to control the tractor using his arms. It only took these students a week of work to make a tractor that will change a man's life. And it only cost Northrup 30 dollars.

"you put in all this work and then you see it all come together, its amazing"

Edwards says he joined the project because he likes mechanics. But the experience has made him a better person.


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