New Services Available through Farm First

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New Services Available through Farm First

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 3:43am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets Farm First, the State’s resource for providing farmers and their families support, information, and resources to reduce stress, is expanding its services to include stress reduction training for agriculture service providers and a Farmer Peer Network.

Service Provider Training
The agriculture service provider trainings are for the many folks who work with farmers as part of their jobs and want to learn ways to support farmers in their stress management.

Farmer Peer Network
The Farmer Peer Network is a group of farmers who understand the stresses of farming, can be a helpful ear while farmers process challenging situations, and who can help direct them to the numerous resources available to help them thrive.

To be notified about both projects, please sign up for the Farm First newsletter at the bottom of Farm First home page.

New to Farm First? At the website you can:

  • Take a self-assessment (are you over-doing it?)
  • Find legal resources
  • Find financial resources
  • Find family resources
  • Get help from a counselor
  • Search the resources exchange
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Application Deadline: June 8

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Application Deadline: May 10

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Summit: May 2 - 6

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