The owners of Green Heron Tools talk about their research on women and tool use, and the need to design farm and garden tools with women in mind.
Liz Brensinger (left) and Ann Adams (right) are the co-owners of Green Heron Tools, a company that specializes in farm and garden tools for women. Both women come from public health backgrounds, and have a strong interest in how better tool design can prevent injuries among farmers and gardeners.
GREEN HERON TOOLS
Many of us view farm and garden tools as one-size-fits-all, but you will always get the best results with tools appropriately sized for your height and arm length, among other important factors. Finding tools that are efficient and ergonomic can be a real challenge, especially for women.
The green heron is one of the few birds known to use tools.
Liz Brensinger of Green Heron Tools demonstrates a wheel hoe sold by her company. One of the many features of this hoe is that it can easily be adjusted to fit the height of the user.