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SARE Farmer/Partnership Grant Webinar

2014 grant recipient Suzanna Konecky of Cricket Creek Farm with her technical advisor, Bruce Howlett
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
Online webinar
Carol Delaney, Northeast SARE Grants Coordinator

Is a Sustainable Agriculture grant right for you?

Are you a farmer with a new idea you would like to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, or other technique?  Are you an agricultural service provider or food system community organizer looking to conduct research or trainings with farmers as active cooperators? 

If you answered "YES" to any of the above, a SARE grant might be the right fit for you.  Funding is available to help you test your ideas in the way of Farmer and Partnership Grants from USDA/NIFA Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education).  Both grants are capped at $15,000. 

Details and deadlines are provided below.  Have more questions?  Join Northeast SARE grants coordinator Carol Delaney for a lunchtime webinar on Friday, October 10th at Noon.  Carol will cover topics ranging from the application process, designing a budget, choosing a technical advisor (for farmer grants) and the review process.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A.    Register for the webinar here.  

If you have questions about registration or the presentation, please contact NY SARE Coordinator Violet Stone at

Farmer Grants 

Farmer Grants let commercial producers explore new ideas in production or marketing.  Reviewers look for innovation, potential for improved sustainability and results that will be useful to other farmers. Projects should be technically sound and explore ways to boost profits, improve farm stewardship, or have a positive impact on the environment or the farm community.

To qualify, you must be a farm business owner or manager in the Northeast SARE region. It is not necessary that you farm full time, but the primary activity of your farm must be to produce and sell agricultural products. There is a limit of one application per farm per year.

Grant funds can be used to pay for your time and time that your employees work directly on the project, materials specific to the project, project-related services like testing and consulting, project-related travel, outreach expenses, equipment rental, and other direct costs.

The deadline to apply is December 2nd. For more information, visit 

Partnership Grants 

Partnership Grants allow agricultural service providers to explore topics in sustainable production and marketing in cooperation with client farmers. The goal is to build knowledge farmers can use, encourage the understanding and widespread use of sustainable techniques, and strengthen working partnerships between farmers and farm service providers. Projects must take place on farms or directly involve farm businesses. Reviewers look for well-designed inquiries into how agriculture can enhance the environment, improve the quality of life, or be made more profitable through good stewardship.

You must be engaged in agricultural research or outreach in an organization like Cooperative Extension, NRCS, a state department of agriculture, a college or university, an agricultural nonprofit, or a commercial agricultural consulting business.

Funds can be used to pay for your time and time that your partnering farmers spend on the project, materials specific to the project, project related services like soil testing and lab fees, project-related travel, outreach expenses, equipment rental, and other direct costs.

The deadline to apply is November 4th. For more information, visit

Northeast SARE Region

To be eligible for these grants, your project must be conducted in the Northeast region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C). Get in touch with your state coordinator for assistance with your application. The Maryland SARE State Coordinator is Nevin Dawson:; 410-479-4030.

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