Maine Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (ME-FRSAN)
The Maine Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network is a grant-funded Statewide network supporting farmers, farmworkers, and agricultural service providers — of land, forest, and sea — with efforts to cultivate wellness and build resilience.
The ME-FRSAN project is affiliated with the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Northeast (FRSAN-NE). FRSAN-NE aims to improve behavioral health awareness, literacy, access, and outcomes for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers in the Northeast by developing a service provider network that can assist and meet the unique needs of agricultural workers.
The Maine Farmer Wellness Fund applications are open until September 30!
Más información: El Fondo de Bienestar para Trabajadores de Agricultura en Maine
Plis enfòmasyon: Fon Byennèt Fèmye agrikiltè nan Maine
Click on the links above or visit the sidebar for more information. Apply online or over the phone in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
“Even in the best of times, farmers in Maine have to work incredibly hard to build successful and sustainable businesses. DACF is grateful for the effort that Maine producers put in every day to grow healthy communities. We greatly appreciate programs like the Maine Farmer Wellness Fund that support farmers and farm workers to focus on their health and wellness. Maine FRSAN staff and partner organizations take great care to ensure these funds are accessible and meaningful to all, and we encourage agricultural community members to take advantage of this opportunity to prioritize their own well-being” a quote from Nancy McBrady from Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conversation, & Forestry.
Visit the Upcoming Events page for any current trainings or workshops open to farmers and agriculture service providers.
Between 1-4 sessions that are free and scheduled at your convenience. Coaches work with you on planning, collaboration, communication, giving and receiving feedback, and handling conflict. Visit the Farm Coaching website for more information and to put in a request for a session.
“Farm coaching helped us to better communicate our goals to each other, our employees, and our customers” — a quote from a Maine farm that participated in the farm coaching program
Labor-Movement provides Movement Health + Wellness services. Funding is available for free individual and group workshops, on-site or off. Contact Cynthia Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Labor-Movement’s website to learn more about their services.
“As a woman in my 40s who has been physically active in all my work, this was a great opportunity to say “ah-ha!” and recognize the little things I miss every day. Cynthia walked me through easy-to-do and remember movements that will make my body grateful for the adjustments” — a quote from Sam, a recent farmer participant in a spring workshop
PFAS Farmer Wellness Fund
The Maine FRSAN project initially gave 10,000 towards this effort. The funding has shifted to MOFGA and MFT’s PFAS Emergency Relief Fund. Maine FRSAN helps to administer the fund in partnership with MOFGA. The PFAS Farmer Wellness Fund is still open for applications. Apply now!
- Link to the English application: Maine PFAS Farmer Wellness Fund
- Link to the Spanish application: El Fondo PFAS de Bienestar para Trabajadores de Agricultura en Maine
- Link to the Haitian Creole application: Fon PFAs pou Byennèt Kiltivatè nan Maine
“This is an amazing resource and as an affected farm worker, I feel so seen and taken care of by this fund.” — a quote from a recent recipient of the PFAS Farmer Wellness Fund
Maine Agriculture Mediation Program (MAMP)
MAMP provides alternative dispute resolution through mediation to farmers, their lenders, and others directly affected by the actions of certain USDA agencies, neighbor disputes, and workplace and family disagreements that affect the farm. Mediation is free and confidential. For more information email email@example.com or visit the Request Mediation page on the MAMP website.
Small Grants Opportunities
- Will be open to organizations and municipalities serving agricultural populations of land, forest or sea
- The focus will be on agricultural wellness & resilience. How does your project or program meet that goal?
The Maine Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, awarded to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, and managed by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.