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.

Visit the Upcoming Events page for any current trainings or workshops open to farmers and agriculture service providers. 

Maine FRSAN News | Coming Soon…

Funding is available now for:

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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

 

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Labor-Movement provides Movement Health + Wellness services. Funding is available for free individual and group workshops, on-site or off. Contact Cynthia Flores at cynthia@labor-movement.com. 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

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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 (Google Form) is still open for applications. Apply now!

“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

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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 maineagmediation@maine.edu or visit the Request Mediation page on the MAMP website.


Maine FRSAN News: 


Coming Soon…

Farmer Wellness Fund

  • Will be open to farmers and farmworkers of land, forest or sea
  • Will prioritize farmworkers and BIPOC farmers/farmworkers
  • Applicants will be able to apply for up to $500 for wellness support
  • Will have the application translated in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole
  • Support to apply over the phone in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole
  • Support in Maay Maay for Somali farmers to apply

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.