Farmers face stress and uncertainty in many aspects of their businesses and livelihoods. Yet with animals to feed, crops to tend and products to sell, it can be hard to rest, to set aside time to invest in one’s own well-being and cultivate supportive relationships within a community. This attentiveness toward personal resilience is important, as the entire system is dependent on the vitality of the farmers and farm employees.
The Be Well Farming Project creates reflective spaces for farmers to connect meaningfully and explore strategies that can ameliorate challenges and bolster farmers’ quality of life.
In the first phase of the project, the project team will facilitate conversations with farmers across the northeast focused on wellness, fairness and connection to community. The project team will identify common themes based on the collective stories that emerge and work with farm partners to co-design retreat spaces for farmers to enjoy respite and fellowship around the highs and hardships of the farming way of life.
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About Violet Stone
Violet is the coordinator of the Baskets to Pallets project, which seeks to prepare small and mid-sized farmers to enter intermediated market channels such as food hubs, groceries, schools and cooperatives. She also serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.
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Anu was appointed director the Cornell Small Farms Program in 2004. At the same time, she opened a U-pick strawberry farm in Freeville, NY. The experience of operating a small farm changed her entire approach to research and extension, and deepened her commitment to NY farms and local food systems.
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