Farming for Justice March 2020
Trauma and Resilience for Farmers
Wednesday, March 11th
Via Zoom, recorded
How do trauma and oppression intersect with food systems? Join Kate Downes, NY FarmNet Outreach Director, and Adrienne Masler, local life coach and farm worker, to explore the impacts of trauma and oppression on the people and communities producing our food. Experiences of isolation, repression, exclusion, and burnout negatively impact the health and well-being of farmers, food producers, and food system workers, which in turn stresses our food systems and broader communities, both human and ecological. We will discuss what trauma is and how it happens, review some resources for support and recovery, and discuss ways to build resilience with a focus on community and relationships as protective factors.
Adrienne Masler is a farm worker and life coach in Tompkins County. She has both professional and personal interest in trauma and resilience: she teaches tools that have helped her recover and build resilience. Adrienne is combining coaching and farming in creative ways and absolutely loves milking cows.
Kate Downes is the Outreach Director at NY FarmNet helping grow and sustain successful farm operations and healthy farm families throughout New York. In her role, she’s become a leader on issues of rural and farmer mental health and works cooperatively to provide resources and support systems to the agricultural community. Kate’s work is shaped by a passion for community and an agricultural connection spanning back to her childhood. Kate holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from University College Dublin, Ireland and a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. She is the mom of two and the wife of one – and she balances it all by seeking opportunities to get outdoors, craft, listen to podcasts, adventure, and figure out what just came in her CSA box.