Grand Forks Herald – Farmers and their significant others are invited to visit over coffee at events in Crookston and East Grand Forks on Saturday.

The Saturday, Dec. 14, Coffee, Conversation and Community Support events will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Brekken Farms near Crookston and from 2 to 4 p.m. and at Adams Family Farm near East Grand Forks.

Northwestern Mental Health, Adams Family Farms, Brenda Mack Consulting, H.O.P.E. Coalition, Brekken Family Farms and CHS are hosting the event in which farmers can get together and give one another support, said Michelle Adolphsen, of Northwestern Mental Health.

One of the challenges unique to farming is that so many things, such as weather, commodity prices, federal and state policies that affect agriculture are out of farmers’ control, said Brenda Mack, a clinical social worker who is married to a Crookston farmer.

However, there are some things, including making changes to their crop rotations and maintaining a positive attitude, over which they do have control, she said. Focusing on the things they can control, along with positive self-talk and reaching out to family, friends and neighbors about the situation in which they’re in are ways to reduce stress, Mack said.

“The big message is you’re not out there alone,” she said.

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