High levels of stress are present in agricultural communities. Unstable finances, the pressure of multigenerational farm lineage, injury, chronic illness, harsh weather conditions, and more recently stressors associated with COVID-19 are among the challenges producers face daily. The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP) network of partners believes that the unique needs of agricultural communities must be addressed. This is done through communication and collaboration with partners across the Western region to offer education, support in navigating resources, and funding opportunities for agricultural communities.
Mauricio Guerrero-Villanueva is a Graduate Student Researcher with the California AgrAbility Program. In this presentation, Community Talks: Building and Developing Mental Health Garden Outreach Events, Mauricio will describe a series of in-person, virtual, and hybrid community talks held in California's agricultural communities. The goal of the talks was to hold spaces for community members and leaders (Promotores) to gather and discuss the importance of mental health and gardening. The events were an opportunity to hear from community members about mental health concerns, the extent to which appropriate services exist, and what they would like to see at a mental health and gardening event. This session will highlight the gardening events and partners coming together to support farmer and farmworker mental health.
Intended Audience: WRASAP lead agencies; WRASAP collaborating organizations; any agency/health provider/program providing services to producers (agricultural farmers, ranchers, workers, business owners, and non-industrial private forest owners and managers) and their families in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Register via the link below to join this free webinar. The last day to register is Monday, August 15, 2022; all registrants will receive connection information upon registration submission.
Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program / (530) 752-1613 /