We are proud that 100s of people have benefited from services supported by NH Farm Strong, however at this time we have fully distributed the federal grant funds available to support the direct services listed below. We are actively searching for additional funding to continue this impactful program.
Until then, please review the useful information about farmer to farmer support networks and associated online resources below.
Farm Strong NH is a collaborative effort to address structural root causes of farmer stress, mental health, and suicide in New Hampshire. This statewide effort is supported by Cultivemos (the Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network), a regional and national network, to build behavioral health awareness, literacy, access, and outcomes for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers in the Northeast. You can learn more about the efforts at a regional level here https://www.cultivemos.org/
Our goal is to alleviate the stressors of farming by:
- Building farmers’ skills through education
- Developing and collecting informational resources in an on-line resource library
- Connecting farmers with their peers for practical and confidential assistance
More About Ways To Get Help
Let us help you take the stress out of farming by connecting you with confidential therapeutic support. You can call 1-800-429-7153 to be connected directly with a licensed mental health professional. While funding to offset the cost of mental health services for farmers and farm families has been expended, we are happy to make referrals to a licensed therapist. We have identified a handful of therapists that both understand the nature of farm life and have participated in a training to help them better understand the unique experiences and needs of farmers.
Social Work / Case Management Support
We all want the best for our family. Could you use assistance navigating resources in your community for you and your family? A Social Worker can help! Issues like insurance, food instability, and childcare issues can be complicated to understand. Let us help you steer you in the right direction.
Please call our Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-429-7153 where you will be connected with a social worker.
Mental Well-Being Resources
This publication was developed to be used by anyone working or living in the farming world. It addresses reducing and managing stress, risk factors, emotions, and spirituality.
This publication was developed to be used by anyone working or living in the farming world. Part-two addresses substance-use disorder, family relationships, suicide, and therapy.
A monthly podcast tackling important safety issues relevant to producers and ag workers.
Designed to help men or anyone with a man in their life (partner, brother, uncle, son, friend, etc.) deal with issues like depression, anxiety, anger, and suicidal thoughts
Thriving Youth - Promoting positive youth development
Youth Programs - Resources that prioritize young people's mental wellness
Legal matters such as farm transfer, setting up a trust or will, leases and rental agreements or neighbor conflicts can create significant stress on a farm business and farm family. While we offer ongoing general education on these topics and can share some templates for leases and rental agreements, we cannot provide legal advice.
If you are seeking support from a lawyer and do not qualify for the needs-based program with Legal Food Hub, please reach out to FRSAN.NH@unh.edu to see if there are any other programs with which we can match you.
The NH Legal Food Hub offers pro bono legal assistance for NH farmers that meet certain economic thresholds. You can review their eligibility requirements here.
Answers to Legal Questions
Need legal direction or background? Do you have questions about farm law but don't know where to start for answers? Are you unsure if your issue requires an attorney? Or, maybe you just want more background on a legal subject you're exploring?
Visit the Farm Commons website to review a list of their most frequently asked farm law questions in their library.
Here are episodes we recommend from our friends at Farm Commons Podcast:
Ep 64: Decoding Your Food Safety Liability Coverage - clarity how this coverage generally works.
Ep. 47: Hiring Workers Through the H-2A Visa Program - how to navigate hiring H-2A workers and if it's a good fit for your farm.
Ep. 44: Farmland Leasing 101 - staff attorney Sarah Vaile breaks down what a lease is, how it functions, and the creative power you have to shape how it works.
Ep. 43: Unlock the Potential of a Farm Employee Handbook - the surprising efficiencies and improvements that farm employee handbooks can provide for your operation.
Ep. 42: Avoiding Discrimination in Hiring and Firing on New Hampshire Farms - how to identify and avoid (accidental) discrimination in employment law on your farm so that you can manage your workforce with confidence.
Ep. 41: Choosing a Business Structure Together - how to choose the right business structure when operating the farm with others.
Ep. 40: Farm Couples and Managing Stress through Paperwork - the powerful role of paperwork in managing business and personal stress when farming with a spouse or romantic partner.
Ep. 39: Farming with Family – Getting in and getting out - key legal considerations for setting up a farm business with family members.
Running a farm can also bring the stressors of farm financial management. If you are in need of financial analysis by a financial consultant, please reach out to us for a list of agriculture service providers specializing in farm businesses. Services vary from tax planning, financial record keeping, and financial or enterprise analysis. Contact us at FRSAN.NH@unh.edu
If you have a problem with a lender, creditor, USDA program, neighbor, or need assistance with a lease, labor or contract issue, or a farm transition, please connect with NH Agriculture Mediation to help you resolve the situation. NHAMP provides free mediation services to the agricultural community to help resolve disputes before they end up in court.
What is Mediation? An informal process where parties meet with a neutral person who helps in the negotiation of differences. It is a voluntary and confidential alternative to traditional legal and regulatory processes. The mediator does not determine who is legally right or wrong nor will the mediator tell either party what to do. Mediation leaves the decision-making power totally and strictly with the parties. Mediators work with all parties to: Eliminate communication obstacles, Facilitate a calm and rational discussion, Identify and clarify the issues, Explore options, Record agreements.
Visit the NH Agriculture Mediation Webpage to request a session.
Peer to Peer Networks
Farmer to Farmer Support Network with Vital Communities
Interested in connecting with other farmers? Vital Communities plans to host a series of storytelling and discussion events to foster community amongst farmers, particularly with regards to shared challenges or stresses of farming.
If you're a farmer or farm group looking for more information, contact Cameron Huftalen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-291-9100.
NH Queer Farmer* Network
A group of farmers are working together to forge a network of queer farmers. The group meets informally both online and on farms to form community, assess needs, and share opportunities. Email email@example.com to connect.
*Note: “N.H. queer farmers” means anyone who is a farmworker, farmowner, or aspiring farmer/homesteader who is living and/or working in the state of New Hampshire and identifies with the word queer.
BIPOC Farmer Network
Connect with staff at the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project at the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. Please contact Anthony Munene if you wish to connect with other new American farmers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not in a crisis and want to speak with someone?
Mental Health Hotline
Confidential support with a NH-based licensed therapist. Please leave a voicemail; we aim to return calls within 24 hours.
Farm Strong-NH Resource Line
For all inquiries about all our offerings for N.H. farmers. Please leave a voicemail; we aim to return calls within 24 hours.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. You do not need to be suicidal to call.
- UNH Extension
- National Young Farmer Coalition
- NH Farm Bureau
- NH Department of Agriculture Markets and Food
- NH Agriculture Mediation
- USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Strong NH (aka Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network - FRSAN) project 2021-09294 -thru the State Departments of Agriculture grant
- USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Strong NH (aka Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network - FRSAN) project 2019-70028-30464 and 2020-70028-thru the National Young Farmers Coalition