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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Farm First is Hiring!

Counseling/Ag Resource Coordinator

Farm First provides immediate resources and support for farmers experiencing high levels of stress. We seek an energetic Coordinator to connect farmers with resources related to both agriculture and emotional support, and take the program to the next level.

This position is open for both full and part-time applicants. We seek candidates with either a strong agriculture or counseling/social work background, or both. Experience fundraising, bilingual in Spanish, and a mental health license are significant plusses.

To apply send resume and cover letter to Karen Crowley – by May 31 no later than 4pm EST.

Contact Farm First for Assistance

Karen Crowley at

Call during daytime work hours          802-318-5538

Outside daytime work hours              877-493-6216

Latest News

VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets announcement

​FARM FIRST, the State’s resource for providing farmers and their families support, information, and resources to reduce stress, is expanding its services to include:

  • Stress reduction training for agriculture service providers
  • A Farmer Peer Network.

Farm First and Farm & Forest Viability programs featured on local news

WCAX highlights Farm First's support with farm succession planning and generational transition

UVM Extension's Farm & Forest Viability program interview

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