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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

Northeast SARE

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) (https://www.sare.org/) program is a decentralized competitive grants and education program operating in every state and island protectorate. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture, the program is run by four regions (North CentralNortheastSouth and West) hosted by land-grant institutions. SARE Outreach provides communication and technical support at the national level. 

West Virginia belongs to the Northeast region (https://www.northeastsare.org) along with Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

NEW FLASH:  NE SARE is offering a webinar on the Farmer Grant program on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. This is a great opportunity for anyone considering a Farmer Grant proposal to get their questions answered.  The session will review who is eligible to apply, the types of projects the Farmer Grant program funds, how to apply (Farmer Grant proposals are due by November 16) and more. Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm – and Farmer Grant recipient of  FNE16-844, Understanding Equipment Sharing: A Farmer Toolkit and FNE20-953, Increasing Hudson Valley Farm Viability Through Cooperative Bulk Purchasing --  will share her experiences applying for and managing SARE grants. Register herehttps://go.uvm.edu/sarefarmergrantwebinar.

Northeast SARE offers a number of grant programs to farmers, educators, researchers, nonprofits, and others who work with farmers.  You can also search SARE's national database for grant project results.  

Northeast SARE Grant Comparison Chart

Northeast SARE has released the Call for Proposals for its Farmer Grant Program, see: www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant. Proposals are due online by Nov 16, 2021 for projects starting in Spring 2022. Farmer Grants are intended for farmers and growers who want to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques; they are not intended to provide start-up funds or be used to finance farm equipment or expand farm operations. Learn more at a free webinar on October 5, 2021: https://go.uvm.edu/sarefarmergrantwebinar.

While the program operates regionally, state programs deliver train-the-trainer programs locally and provide outreach in each Northeast state.  West Virginia has two state coordinators, Barbara Liedl at West Virginia State University and Doolarie Singh-Knights at WVU.  

Barbara E. Liedl, PhD Doolarie Singh-Knights, PhD
West Virginia State University West Virginia University
liedlbe@wvstateu.edu  DoSingh-Knights@mail.wvu.edu 
304-204-4037 (304) 293-7606
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