If you’re a farmer, you know the joy of working the land: the cadence of the seasons, the understanding of the natural world, the tangible results of your hard work. But you probably also know how stressful it can be. From family and finance pressures, to isolation and an exhausting job that has no days off. In fact, agricultural workers experience suicide rates 50% higher than the national average, and that number is rising. On Cultivating Resilience from Cultivemos (FRSAN-NE), farm care starts with self-care. We’ll hear from real, independent farmers on the struggles they face every day, and how they are overcoming them. We’ll provide resources to strengthen your mental health and survive uncertain times. And we’re building a community where farmers and ranchers can support each other, because even the hardiest plants need the right conditions to grow. Together we’ll discuss the specific stresses that farmers face—things like family farm succession, economic burdens, and rural isolation. Follow the show wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode. And please, share the show with someone you think it may help.
Cultivating Resilience—it’s our title, and the goal for this podcast: to help our listeners develop mental resilience. But what is resilience? And how do you get it?
Over the course of this season, we’ve covered specific stressors and the skills that can help you manage and overcome them. But for our final episode, we’re zooming out and addressing resilience generally. Because strong people aren’t born, they’re made—which means you ...
Content Warning: Discussions of suicide and violence
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, emotional distress, or suicidal ideation there is help available. In the US, you can talk to someone free and confidentially, 24/7 at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or by dialing 988. You can initiate a free, confidential online chat with a crisis counselor via this link, or text the Crisis T...
Succession isn’t just about passing down the farm. Because whether you realize it or not, your successors will inherit more than the land you give them. They’re getting the legacy you left behind, and if they’re your children, a lifetime of the values you’ve imparted to them. Which is why any discussion of succession starts well before you’re ready to retire.
Of course, many farms are passed down within family, which presents its ow...
Farming can be lonely. Rural areas are spread out and sparsely populated. You can be out in the field all day and never see anyone. Some farmers love this solitude, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need community. If anything, it shows that farmers need to be intentional about building community, because there's no built-in block parties or office water coolers in rural life.
The benefits of having a community are massive. Comm...
The consequences of global warming affect farmers more than almost any other profession. A warming climate means increased droughts, heavy rain, unpredictable storms, and a fluctuating growing season, all of which can threaten a farmer’s bottom line. But climate change also poses big, existential questions: What kind of world am I leaving behind? Can we respond fast enough as a society? Am I doing enough?
These connected worries all...
Not many people get into farming for the money. But that doesn’t mean money isn’t important on a farm. Finances are the root cause of a lot of farmer stress. From high up-front costs to fluctuating commodity prices and declining farm income, the worries are real. But there are also plenty of funds and fundamentals that can help you gain control of your money and alleviate the mental burden of financial anxiety.
In this episode, we t...
Introducing Cultivating Resilience, a podcast from Cultivemos (FRSAN-NE) launching May 2022.
Learn about the specific stresses that farmers face—things like family farm succession, economic burdens, and rural isolation. We’ll provide resources to strengthen your mental health and survive uncertain times.
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