Resources for Building Resilience

The listings of resources in this section are intended to be a collaborative, ongoing collection of wellness resources for those working in agricultural fields. The listings are not yet complete. Additions and edits are continually made to ensure that we provide a comprehensive list of available resources.

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PFAS and the Maine Food System

This section, “Resources for Building Resilience,” is a recommended resource relevant to the work that University of Maine Cooperative Extension and other statewide partners are doing in providing Maine’s communities with information regarding PFAS.

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General Resources to Explore

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Farm Aid’s Farmer Resource Network

An online directory of over 750 U.S. organizations that work directly with farmers on a variety of issues, including mental health services, crisis assistance, and land access.

Farm Aid’s Farmer Resource Network

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Farm Aid’s Resource Guide for Farm Crisis Support

An online resource to assist in directing you to further crisis and mental health, legal, financial, and various other supports for farmers.

Farm Aid Resource Guide for Farm Crisis Support

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Resources and Assistance for Farmers

An online directory from the Maine Farmer Resource Network to browse by topic and find resources, publications, and contact information.

Maine Farmer Resource Network’s Resources and Assistance

Wellness Tips

Adapted from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Website.

Stay Connected

  • Take 15 minutes each day to have an uninterrupted conversation with a family member or friend.
  • Don’t shut out family members from your life.
  • Maintain friendships and seek opportunities to connect or reconnect with old friends.

Practice Awareness

  • Know your stressors and how stress manifests in your life.
  • Accept that some stress is out of your control.
  • However, make a plan on working towards a solution instead of focusing on what you can’t control.

Take care of yourself

  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Get outside and get fresh air
  • Get enough sleep
  • Find hobbies and activities you enjoy

Plan and Set Goals

  • Set aside time to plan your day and prioritize your tasks.
  • Plan ahead for difficult seasons and delegate work.
  • Discuss farm operational needs but don’t let them occupy all other aspects of life.
  • Seek constructive feedback on-farm operations for ways to grow or improve.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed step back. Take a moment to assess the situation and brainstorm solutions. Break those solutions up into manageable steps and take it one step at a time.

Cultivate Wellness

  • Give yourself a break. Take regular 5-10 minute breaks to relax and recharge.
  • Reach out to professionals and counselors with concerns.
  • Learn to say no.
  • Practice deep breathing and meditation to relax your mind in stressful times and when trying to sleep.