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 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.youngfarmers.org/frsan-ne-about/
Our goal is to alleviate the stressors of farming by:
- Providing funding to vendors to pay for services that address root cause issues of farmer stress
- 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
- All services are available as first come, first served, until funds run out.
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. The program will provide up to $1,440 per farm owner or worker, to cover at least twelve (12) therapy sessions, primarily through tele-health. 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
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We will connect you with a lawyer for up to $3,000 per farmer for services like:
- Business Structures
- End of life documents – trusts, wills, powers of attorney
- Farm transfer - purchase and sales, easements
- Leases & Rentals
- Neighbor Conflicts
- Succession planning process
- Zoning Issues
The Farm Strong NH (FRSAN) is partnering with the NH Legal Food Hub to offer legal assistance for NH farmers. The NH Legal Food Hub has its own independent program to provide pro-bono legal assistance for farmers and food businesses who meet certain economic thresholds.
Farm Strong NH received funds through a State Department of Agriculture Grant to help offset some legal costs for farmers if they do not qualify for the Legal Food Hub services.
If you are a NH farmer and seeking legal services, please click the link below and fill out the application and you will be contacted shortly.
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?
Using a platform developed by Farm Commons we have the ability to answer farmers’ legal questions. Farmers submit their questions to extension staff at FRSAN.NH@unh.edu we will upload these for review by Farm Commons lawyers. This is an educational service to provide direction or background, it is not a meeting with an attorney nor a specific legal opinion.
Here are six episodes we recommend from our friends at Farm Commons Podcast:
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. We have a variety of tools plus one-on-one services to help address some root causes of farm financial stress you may be experiencing. We offer up to $2,500 per farmer for:
- Tax Planning
- Financial Record Keeping
- Financial Analysis
If you want to discuss your farm's financial stress, please call 1-800-785-7914 and leave a message that you would like to have a conversation.
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, we are partnering with NH Agriculture Mediation to help you resolve the situation.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Working with staff at the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project at the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, we are providing resources and trainings specific to the groups' needs. This includes peer-to-peer support, mental well-being, tax, and financial literacy training. Please contact Anthony Munene if you wish to connect: email@example.com
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.
Professional Services and Technical Assistance for Farmers:
Through this USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, with the Farm Strong NH (FRSAN) project we can pay vendors to deliver services to farmers. We have identified a core group of vendors; however, if a farm has relationship with a vendor not already onboarded, we can add them as a vendor.
Mental Health – up to 6 visits per farmer
Farm Financial Analysis
Tax Planning/Succession Planning
Debt Analysis/Credit Mediation
Farmer-to-farmer support network
Monies will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis until gone.
- 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