On this page you can find resources produced by farmers and service providers in the Cultivemos (FRSAN-NE) network. Check out the podcast, and amazing resource guides below. More to come!

Agriculture is an economic and social bedrock of the United States, yet for decades, farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers have endured growing challenges that increase their levels of stress.

Cultivemos (formerly known as FRSAN-NE, the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Northeast) aims to improve behavioral health awareness, literacy, access, and outcomes for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers in the Northeast by developing a service provider network that can assist and meet the unique needs of agricultural workers.

Read an interview with some members of our Farmer Services team involved in the Cultivemos work.


Cultivating Resilience Podcast

Check out the podcast Cultivating Resilience on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts!

If you’re a farmer, you know the joys of working the land. You also know how stressful it can be—from family and financial pressures, to isolation and an exhausting job that has zero days off. In fact, agricultural workers experience suicide rates that are 50% higher than the national average, and that number is rising.

On the Cultivating Resilience podcast, farm care starts with self-care. Hear from other farmers about the struggles they face every day and how they are overcoming them. Get connected to #farmermentalhealth resources and a community where farmers and ranchers can support each other when you tune in.

Listen to Cultivating Resilience on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast streaming service. Share the show with someone you think it may help.


Resource Guides

Experts in our Cultivemos Network have collaborated on the creation of these guides to help farmers, and those working to assist farmers. They cover Finance, Disaster, Legal, and Farm Stress.


Resources for Farmworkers

Managing Finances in the US | Financial and Health Literacy for Farmworkers

Farmworkers have new financial and health literacy resources available to help them navigate the US financial and health care systems thanks to a collaborative effort with several Northeast Universities, farm business owners, and Cultivemos. Below are the resources that include how-to financial case studies, worksheets, videos, PowerPoint lessons, and a user guide for farm business owners and farmworker service providers. The resources are available in both Spanish and English and are as follows:

Publications

  • Keeping Your Money Safe by Using Financial Services [PDF]

    Mantener su Dinero Seguro Mediante el Uso de Servicios Financieros [PDF]

  • Understanding Your Paycheck and Pay Stub [PDF]

    Comprensión de Su Cheque de Pago y Talón de Pago
    [PDF]

  • Creating a Spending Plan [PDF]

    Crear un Plan de Gastos[PDF]

  • Accessing Health Care Services and Health Insurance Basics [PDF]

    Acceso a los Servicios de Atención Médica y Conceptos Básicos del Seguro Médico [PDF]

Teaching Resources

  • Managing Finances in the United States Facilitation Guide for Employers and Educators Working with Farmworkers [PDF / Word] Administrar las finanzas en los Estados Unidos Guía de facilitación de actividades para empleadores y educadores que trabajan con trabajadores agrícolas [PDF / Word]
  • Keeping Your Money Safe by Using Financial Services [PowerPoint] Mantener su Dinero Seguro Mediante el Uso de Servicios Financieros [PowerPoint]
  • Understanding Your Paycheck and Pay Stub [PowerPoint] Comprensión de Su Cheque de Pago y Talón de Pago [PowerPoint]
  • Creating a Spending Plan [PowerPoint] Crear un Plan de Gastos [PowerPoint]
  • Accessing Health Care Services and Health Insurance Basics [PowerPoint] Acceso a los Servicios de Atención Médica y Conceptos Básicos del Seguro Médico [PowerPoint]

About these Resources for Farmworkers

The basis for the case studies is quantitative research conducted with farmworkers, medical providers, and farm service providers. SUNY Morrisville’s Agriculture Business students, under the direction of their Professor, Sheila Marshman, Ph.D., conducted the research. Maria Pippidis, an Accredited Financial Counselor, Financial Fitness Coach and Extension Educator with the University of Delaware Extension, utilized her 30 years of experience in teaching personal financial management to construct the case studies. Farm business owners and farmworker service providers reviewed the material to ensure the cultural competencies of those who come to the United States were met. Translation of the materials was provided by Maria Gorgo, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension and Dra. Ivette Ruiz of Healing By Growing Farms.

For additional information about this project, please contact Sheila Marshman at marshmsa@morrisville.edu or Maria Pippidis at pippidis@udel.edu.

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