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.

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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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Contact Farm First for Assistance

Karen Crowley at

Call during daytime work hours          802-318-5538

Outside daytime work hours              877-493-6216

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Farmer Questionnaire Summer 2022

Farm First is conducting a survey to better understand the physical and mental-emotional challenges that keep farmers from being productive and enjoying their work. With this information, they can access federal funds for accommodations and programing. For example, a bum knee can be aided by a custom-built step-up for their tractor, paid for by federal funds.

Please complete the confidential survey by July 15th, 2022 – it will just take 2 minutes! Thanks in advance, the Farm First team.

Complete the survey here:

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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