Business to Business - Vermont Department of Economic Development_ThinkVermont.com_
_ Home _
To print, go to File on the menu bar and select Print.

VT AGENCY OF AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, FARMER PEER SUPPORT NETWORK FOR VT’S PLAN FOR FURTHER DEVELOPING THE FARM Request Date: 11/12/2021 1:00:40 PM
Open Date: 
Closing Date: 11/29/2021 4:30 PM
Intent To Bid Deadline: 
Est. Dollar Value: $0.00
RFQ Number: 
Close Window

Agency of Agriculture

116 State Street
MontpelierVT 05620-2901

Bid Type:
Job Contract

Locations:
State-Wide
Keywords:
Social Services, Education Services

Bid Description:
Farmers are reluctant to reach out for professional help for stress and mental health issues but are more likely to access peer support. The Farm First program seeks to develop a farmer peer support network, where farmers can reach out to other farmers trained in peer support to obtain help and assistance to reduce stress and receive emotional support. Farmers have precious free time and thus the development of such a network will require considerable expertise in community organizing to find farmers interested in volunteering to be trained in providing peer support. We seek an individual with successful community organizing experience, ideally though not necessarily connected with the farm community. This person will work with Farm First and Agency staff to plan and host community education events to raise issues and awareness of mental health issues and farming to identify farmers potentially interested in being peer supports; this person will also do considerable individual outreach to farmers. The individual will host events and plan trainings for farmers interested in providing peer support. Ultimately, we seek to map out peer support individuals on our website, where farmers needing support can find peers to call.

Special Instructions:
Objectives and Scope of Work The applicant to this RFP will need to do the following: • Work with Farm First staff to develop a peer support network development plan. • Use community organizing expertise and to outreach and to interest and involve farmers in becoming peer supports toother farmers. • Organize and promote community events to discuss the mental health needs of farmers and interest additional farmers in volunteering to be trained in peer support. • Organize and host peer support trainings with Farm First clinical staff • Evaluate the outcome of the trainings. • Post a list of peers on our website. • Do outreach and education to educate farmers about the existence of this network.
Awardees