Upcoming Events and Workshops

Summer 2022 Events, Workshops and Trainings:

| Ongoing virtual trainings & workshops | Maine FRSAN funded | Other events, trainings & workshops |

| Do you have an idea for a workshop or training need for the Maine agricultural community? |


Ongoing virtual trainings & workshops:

  • Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training – What is farm stress and how can you help? Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and suicide, effectively communicate with people under stress, reduce stigma related to mental health concerns, and connect farmers and ranchers with resources.
  • Agricultural Community QPR For Farmers & Farm Families – QPR training teaches laypeople and professionals to recognize and respond to mental health crises using the approach of Question, Persuade and Refer.

Maine FRSAN funded opportunities:

Late Summer Safe Labor Movement Workshops. Free for individuals involved in farming, fishing, forestry or Indigenous food or medicine producers and communities associated with these fields of practice.

  • Tuesday, August 16, 5-7p.m., at the MOFGA farm in Unity, Maine.
  • Tuesday, August 30, from 5–7 p.m., at Alan Day Community Garden in Norway, Maine.

The Safe Labor–Movement workshop covers body mechanics and foundational movement patterns that may help increase work productivity and efficiency and help decrease workplace injuries. Time will be spent in an interactive setting moving through four main movement patterns: hinge, squat, push, pull, along with kneeling patterns, rotation, and core stability. Each participant will leave with tips to improve their overall movement health and wellness. Time for questions and answers is included each session. Participants also receive one month’s access to on-going coaching via text and email.

The workshops are free; registration is required. Register on the Labor–Movement website. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Izzy Ruffin, 207.570.8308; email mainefrsan@maine.edu.


  • Farm Coaching offers 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.
  • Labor-Movement provides Movement Health + Wellness services. Funding 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.

Other events, trainings & workshops:

  • July 21: “Becoming an Informed Champion and Collaborator with Behavioral Health” at 2 p.m. ET, hosted by National AgrAbility. This session will provide an overview of farmer mental health, given the current economic and environmental conditions, including the recent trends. Importantly, this session will teach attendees the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression to better prepare individuals to intervene. Identify individuals in the agricultural community who can help farmers’ in crisis. During this session, participants will learn about the importance of mindfulness practice as a stress-reduction technique. Robert Fetsch, Ph.D, LMFT and Chad Reznicek, MA, LPC – Colorado AgrAbility Project. For more information and to register, visit the National AgrAbility website.
  • August 1: “24/7/365 Women Juggling it All Resiliency Circles” at 12p.m. CDT (1 p.m. ET), hosted by the Rural Resiliency Project. Does it feel like you are on duty 24/7/365? You are the mistress of multi-tasking! Spinning plates, juggling balls you do it all. The Circle will be an ongoing group that will allow women juggling it all to have a safe space to share ideas, challenges, and successes. Each group meeting will have a brief education component on a topic related to women juggling it all followed by a discussion. The Circle will include Monica McConkey moderating the discussion, offering tips for managing everything, stress reduction and more. Monica will be joined by women farmers with lived experience who will offer some practical insights. We will also share other resources that can help those who are juggling it all. For more information, visit the Rural Resiliency registration form
  • August 4: “Farm Rescue – Helping Farm Families in Crisis ” at 2p.m. ET, hosted by National AgrAbility. Farm Rescue wants to get the information out to help family farms and ranches bridge crises, so they have an opportunity to continue viable operations. Farm Rescue provides planting, haying, harvesting, and livestock feeding assistance to farm and ranch families that have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. The financial drain is more pronounced on a farm where a family’s livelihood depends on the ability to plant, harvest, or provide for their herd. Farm Rescue gives families a chance to continue their livelihood by providing the necessary equipment and manpower (free of charge) to get the job done. Lynne Hinrichsen – Farm Rescue. For more information and to register, visit the National AgrAbility website.
  • August 5: “Farm Transition Resiliency Circles” at 12 p.m. CDT (1 p.m. ET), hosted by the Rural Resiliency Project. Are the people in your life making your transition challenging? Try our FREE Farm Transition Resiliency Circle to help you rise to the challenge. The Circle will be an ongoing group that will allow those experiencing or preparing for a farm transition to have a safe space to share ideas, challenges, and successes. One particular focus will be on the human side of transitions. Each group meeting will have a brief education component on a topic related to farm transition followed by discussion. The Circle will include Monica McConkey moderating the discussion, and farmers who have experienced farm transitions who will offer some practical insights. We will also let you know about available transition resources. Registration is limited for each session. Participants may come to one session, come every month or join the circle as needed across time. Each session will last one and a half hours. For more information, visit the Farm Transition Resiliency Circle registration page
  • August 10: “Cultivating Resiliency Coffee Chats” at 12 p.m. CDT (1 p.m. ET), hosted by the Cultivating Resiliency Collaboration. Grab your iced coffee, tea or lemonade, take a break and join us for an opportunity to listen and share in our Cultivating Resiliency free online “Coffee Chat” group. This is an opportunity to share what is on your mind related to agricultural stress in a safe place. Participants are anonymous and they choose how to participate – they can just listen; they can type in questions or comments or they may unmute and verbalize questions or comments. The session is limited to a maximum of 20 registrants and will last one hour. For more information and to register, visit the Cultivating Resiliency Coffee Chat registration form.
  • August 17: “24/7/365 Women Juggling it All Resiliency Circles” at 12p.m. CDT (1 p.m. ET), hosted by the Rural Resiliency Project. Does it feel like you are on duty 24/7/365? You are the mistress of multi-tasking! Spinning plates, juggling balls you do it all. The Circle will be an ongoing group that will allow women juggling it all to have a safe space to share ideas, challenges, and successes. Each group meeting will have a brief education component on a topic related to women juggling it all followed by a discussion. The Circle will include Monica McConkey moderating the discussion, offering tips for managing everything, stress reduction and more. Monica will be joined by women farmers with lived experience who will offer some practical insights. We will also share other resources that can help those who are juggling it all. For more information, visit the Rural Resiliency registration form
  • September 15: “Managing Stress on the Farm” at 2 p.m. ET, hosted by National AgrAbility. This session introduces theory and strategies to increase farmers’ (occupational) stress awareness and develop stress resilience strategies. The first part of the workshop will provide a theoretical background of occupational stress, defining, assessing, and recognizing its symptoms and consequences. The second part will explain and apply practical strategies to cope with stress and communication strategies to help people manage their stress levels. Dr. Suzanna Windon – The Pennsylvania State University. For more information and to register, visit the National AgrAbility website.

More coming soon!

Do you have an idea for a workshop or training need for the Maine agricultural community, centered around wellness? Are you interested in providing a training to Maine farmers or farmworkers?

Email mainefrsan@maine.edu