Are you handicapped and making money in horticulture?
Does anyone know someone who makes money (whether employed full-time or part-time, or self-employed, or just making money on the side) in the horticulture field from a wheelchair, or who has severe lower back problems? These people could be working as nursery managers, landscapers, floral designers, county extension agents, etc... .
The reason I ask is that 20 years ago, while in the Air Force, I suffered a back injury that was not treated. They gave me Motrin and sent me home. Now I have osteoarthritis in my lower back. I am trying to get my VA Advisor to approve rehab training for me that includes getting an Associate's Degree in Horticulture. He has consistently told me that I will never be able to work full-time again, so I started looking for something that I could do part-time. When I proposed this course, he balked. He said he didn't think I could do the job, and doesn't seem to be aware of the accomodations that can be made for people with physical disabilities. I know of one man at my local farmer's market who makes sedum wreaths and sells herbs, and he is in a wheelchair, but I would love to have more examples from all over the country to show my advisor.
I have told him that a job that requires some physical effort has is better for my health than a sedentary job, so if anyone has information to support that position, I would love to hear from them.
Since I already grow plants for trade right here in GardenWeb's Pacific Northwest Forum, I know that I could do it for money, too, if I found the right opportunity in a nursery, or maybe I could even start my own business. I've traded plants with a nursery down the street, so I know there is a market for my plants.
I would sincerely appreciate any information I could use to support my attempt to gain useful employment in this area.