Reducing Farm Stress

TEST Farm First helps take some of the stress out of farming. Our staff are here to help you both navigate the resources you need to solve farm issues and to provide you with confidential personal support so that you don't have to sort out these issues alone. We're Vermonters helping Vermonters. We're in this together. 

Explore the information on our website. Click "Contact a resource counselor" at the top right for assistance.

Farm First Resource person with farmer

About Us

We're a State sponsored non-profit program. Our services are free to all Vermont farmers and their family members. We're here to help. We welcome your call or email. Click on the "Get Our Help" page to contact us. 

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Become a Farmer Peer

Farmer peer A Farmer Peer Network is forming in Vermont, and you can be a part of it.

Join us in October for a community gathering to learn more. Details soon!!



Vermont Public Radio story on the Farmer Peer Network

Valerie in greenhouse In June, 2022, VPR caught up with farmer Valerie Woodhouse to talk about how stressful farming can be, and why she's becoming a Farmer Peer to help other farmers.


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Contact Farm First for Assistance

Karen Crowley at

Call during daytime work hours          802-318-5538

Outside daytime work hours              877-493-6216

2 Grant Opportunities from Working Lands Enterprise

FY’23 Grants totaling $140K assist Vermont working lands Service Providers and Producer Associations

Funding for Dairy Sector Coming!

DBIC will soon announce funding opportunities for diary producers and service providers.  More information to come.

Free Webinar on Tax Preparation and Resources

Monday, August 15, 2 p.m. Eastern: Using the Tax Calculator. The Farm Tax Estimator Tool is an interactive spreadsheet that producers can download to estimate tax liability.

Farmer Questionnaire Summer 2022

Farm First is conducting a survey to better understand the physical and mental-emotional challenges farmers face. Help us access federal funds farmers.

Please complete the confidential survey by August 15th, 2022, Thanks in advance, the Farm First team.

Complete the survey here:

Cultivating Resilience: Growing Together; 4 Episode Podcast from Cultivemos

Listen to real farmers talk about their struggles with finances, climate anxiety, community, family and legacy. Learn how fellow farmers are coping and thriving.