Other Ag News: Join Our Be Well Farming Project’s Winter Workshop Series

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 7:00am

Deb Habib and Ricky Baruch of Seeds of Solidarity Farm (top), Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm (L), and Jen Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm (R), will describe some practices they employ to maintain health and wellbeing for themselves and others on the farm.
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The Be Well Farming project is pleased to announce our winter workshop series for farmers or earth workers of all roles and backgrounds across the Northeast.

This season, our series focuses on topics to bring more wellness and better communication to all of the people (owners, managers, employees, interns, etc) in the farm ecosystem.  As these workshops are interactive, we have a capacity of 25 spots and invite committed participants to register for one or both in the series.  Spots will fill on a first-come, first-served basis with a waitlist.

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. 

Balance, Health, and Passion: Strategies by Farmers, for Farmers (2-part session)

February 1 & February 8, 2021, from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For many farmers, the work is never done. Even in these quieter ‘off-season’ months for those of us in the Northeast region, the ‘to-do’ list is long. When work always calls, it can be hard to carve out time to take care of ourselves and reconnect with the passion that led us to farming in the first place. In this virtual session, several farmers including Jen Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm, Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm and Deb Habib of Seeds of Solidarity, will describe some practices they employ to maintain health and wellbeing for themselves and others on the farm, and how these manifest in their overall approach to farming. The workshop allows ample time for participants to reflect on and share ideas, questions, and concerns regarding health, balance, and passion on the farm. Participants will leave inspired with strategies that ease some of these real challenges. At the close of this workshop, participants will be invited to choose an element or value regarding wellbeing from the workshop that resonated, and gently practice it over the following week. Participants are encouraged to reconvene one week later to reflect on their experiences.

Facilitator: Deb Habib, Seeds of Solidarity Farm

Registration.  This workshop is for anyone identifying as a farmer or earth worker in the Northeast U.S.*, urban and rural, including employees, interns, family members, and partners. This workshop is able to welcome a total of 25 committed participants.  Registrants beyond 25 will be placed on a waitlist and notified if space becomes available. Please register here.

Peaceful Communication on the Farm: Listening Tools to Improve Understanding

February 15, 2021, from  3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In the profession of farming, we often focus on improving our skills to cultivate crops or tend animals.  But what about our skills cultivating and tending to farm relationships?  Whether it be interactions with customers, partners, interns, employees, family or friends, communication is the way we keep all of the farm operations running.  Yet, communication isn’t always easy.  Misunderstandings, tensions, even conflicts can arise and be hard to face in the moment. In this interactive virtual workshop, we’ll learn simple techniques to cultivate listening skills for both professional and personal growth. Listening is one of the core ways we build trust and show respect in our relationships. Join us to practice elements of listening with exercises for the head, heart and gut.

Facilitator: Claudia Ke​nny, NYS Agricultural Mediation Program

Registration.  This workshop is for anyone identifying as a farmer or earth worker in the Northeast U.S.*, urban and rural, including employees, interns, family members, and partners. This workshop is able to welcome a total of 25 committed participants.  Registrants beyond 25 will be placed on a waitlist and notified if space becomes available. Please register here.

 *The Northeast SARE region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number LNE 19-377-33243.

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