Culture and Resilience of Farmers in Your Community
What Health and Other Professionals Need to Know to Support the Farming Population
A three-part Webinar Series
Dates: June 22, July 29, July 6
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Cost: Free! Grant-funded
Completion: Provided to those completing the program surveys
Description: The Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore coastal communities’ farm enterprises are diverse and rich with tradition. They also face challenges to their health and well-being requiring support from health and other professionals. Yet, these professionals may not be confident in their ability to prevent or reduce impacts of stressors and increase resilience of the farming population. This three-part webinar series is designed to increase your familiarity with the unique characteristics, nature, and culture of farmers, farming, and their communities. The series will build your confidence in applying what you’ve learned to your resource building, outreach, and network development to better serve the farming population.
- Bonnie Braun, PH.D., Professor Emerita University of Maryland School of Public Health
- Alexander E. Chan, PH.D., LMFT University of Maryland Extension Specialist – Mental and Behavioral Health
- Maria Pippidis, AFC, University of Delaware Extension Educator & County Director
- University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
- University of Maryland Extension
- Delaware and Maryland’s Farm Stress Task Forces
- The Office on Mental Health
- Core Service Agency of Harford County
Mental Health First Aid for Adults - Applied Skills Workshop
Date: May 25, 2022, (Wednesday) | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EST) | Cost: Free
Description: Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
Format: Self-paced independent online learning combined with a 5-hour virtual workshop using Zoom.
This program is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and targets individuals who live, work, or volunteer in rural communities in Maryland (Caroline, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Kent).
Wednesday Webinar: When Self-Help Isn't Enough
Date: July 13, 2022 | Wednesday
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. | Cost: Free
Location: Online webinar
Description: This presentation is designed to reduce avoidable delays in receiving appropriate mental health care. In this session that is tailored for members of the agricultural community, participants will learn to identify and address the internal roadblocks one may experience when making the decision to seek professional assistance with mental health issues.
Annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
ALEI hosts an Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference each November. This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland. ALEI prides itself on hosting an event that brings farming and conservation experts together in a forum that allows for an exchange of ideas and education for conference attendees on current legal topics of interest.
This year's conference will be on October 28, 2022, from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM at the Crowne Plaza in Annapolis, Maryland. More details will be posted as they become available or you can check out umaglaw.org for details as well.
The LEAD Program seeks applicants with career, service, or interest in: production agriculture, natural resources, the environment and conservation, food (processing, sourcing, distribution, marketing, safety), rural communities and development, business, communications, education, government, science and technology, finance, and much more. Fellowships provide:
- Public Issues Education (PIE);
- Personal growth and leadership development opportunities;
- Communications and problem-solving skills training;
- Support, direction, and resources to help emerging leaders succeed in serving agricultural, natural resources, and rural community sectors; Opportunities to learn more about Maryland and to meet leaders from throughout the state.
Maryland Beginning Farmer Success
When: Workshop Series is offered in several locations from January to June 2022.
Cost: They are FREE and open to all!
Description: Federal programs can be complex to navigate, especially for beginning farmers or individuals who have not established a relationship with the sponsoring agency. “Cultivating Conservation for Maryland and Delaware’s Small and Historically Underserved Farmers” will target historically underserved groups to increase their knowledge of conservation practices and programs. The course will cover an overview of conservation practices, available conservation programs provided by Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies, understanding of application processes, eligibility, and contractual agreements, and how conservation projects can fit into an overall farm plan.
Find a workshop near you!