Gardening Articles: Care :: Tools & Equipment
Tools for Women
by Susan Littlefield
One size fits all may be fine for some things, but not when it comes to garden tools. According to Ann Adams, co-founder of Green Heron Tools, most garden and agricultural tools were designed with the height, level of strength and grip size of the average male in mind, characteristics that don't fit the majority of women gardeners and farmers. This poor fit makes them harder to work with and often less safe and effective.
To help remedy this situation, Green Heron Tools seeks out tools, equipment, safety gear and apparel that fit the needs of women who are gardening, farming, pruning or raising livestock. While not always specifically designed for women, all the products are selected for features such as adjustability, light weight, the availability of multiple sizes and durability. All of the products are tested by volunteer women gardeners and farmers before being offered for sale.
Their Ergonomic Grips are a great idea. These attach to tools you already have to make them safer and easier to use. For easy holiday gift giving, Green Heron has combined products into special collections. The Weekly Weeder Collection would please many a gardener with its combination of Hori-Hori stainless steel soil knife, super-sharp Japanese weeding sickle and Bonnie Blooms garden gloves.
For more information on Green Heron Tools, go to: Green Heron Tools.