UMaine Extension Program Opens Applications for Maine Farmer Welfare Fund

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Applications for the Maine Farmer Wellness Fund are now available online and by phone for Maine farmers and farmworkers through September 30.

Made possible thanks to the Maine Farms and Ranches Stress Assistance Network, individuals can apply for up to $500 to meet their wellness needs. Farmer welfare is broadly defined and covers a range of eligible uses including therapy, child care, acupuncture, massage and traditional healers. Agricultural workers are defined as anyone involved in agricultural work, including forest products and aquaculture.

More information, including application options, is available at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension FRSAN Maine website at https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/maine-frsan/. Online and phone applications are available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. For more information, contact Izzy Ruffin at 207-570-8308 or [email protected]

This project is funded by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, awarded to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and managed by UMaine Extension. The funds are administered in partnership with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maine Farmland Trust and Mano en Mano.

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