Agriculture: Wellness and Resilience

It’s important to try to build ways of managing stress into our work within agricultural fields. Much like with our equipment, the likelihood of breaking down increases if we do not make time for regular care. Every year we incorporate time in our schedules for regular maintenance of our tractors, chainsaws, and boats before the seasonal intensity of the growing, logging, or fishing season. It is just as important to build in time to take care of ourselves.

“A healthy farm is nothing without a healthy farmer.”

red potatoes in a furrow of soil

When we plant a seed in the spring, it can take many resources, and many hands, until we begin to see growth. The same is true for individual wellbeing!

Let’s work well together. 

Rather than getting stuck in uncertainty, we can look at uncertainty as an opportunity for change. Let’s focus on what we can control and lean into the resources available to us. By broadening our conversations around the impacts of mental and physical health in the agricultural industry, we can build a stronger community together.

VIDEO: Managing Stress on the Farm (YouTube)

This video was created in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine AgrAbility. For links to the resources at the end of the video (and more), visit the Help Lines and Resilience Resources sections.

Help Lines and Resilience Resources