Farm First is a Vermont-based, public program formed to provide farmers and their families with support, resources and information to reduce stress. We are not a technical assistance organization but can help connect you to such resources. We listen well and can help you to problem solve. You don't have to be alone with your problems.
We are a public, not-for-profit program jointly sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Agency of Human Services' Invest EAP Centers for Wellbeing. Our staff include friendly and caring licensed counselors and an agricultural resource navigator, all with an interest or experience in agriculture. We can assist you remotely through videoconferencing and in person -- oftentimes right at your farm.
Health and Wellbeing
Your health and wellbeing are vital to your success. We can help you with strategies to remain resilient and feel strong amidst the turbulence and uncertainty of farming.
Solving farm stress is a two-fold process. First, it's about finding helpful resources, when and where they exist. Second, it's about getting support and learning how to best deal with the uncertainty and frustrations that are a part of farming in such a way that you can maintain your inner strength and a positive outlook, even amidst trying times.
No one can do it alone, including us. We depend on a number of key partner organizations throughout Vermont. We can provide introductions and help you navigate those resources.