Northeast SARE Administrative Council Seeking Members

November 9, 2023

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is seeking people to serve on its Administrative Council (AC). Northeast SARE is one of four regional SARE programs funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The program offers competitive grant programs for farmers, educators, agricultural service providers, researchers, graduate students and others to address key issues affecting the sustainability of agriculture. To learn more about Northeast SARE, visit

The AC is a 22-member governance body that sets program policies for Northeast SARE, participates in the grant review process, and makes final award decisions for all grant programs. AC members include farmers, agency personnel, Extension, nonprofit staff, researchers, industry representatives and others from across the Northeast.

Currently, Northeast SARE is seeking to fill three open seats: 

  • a farmer representing the aquaculture farming community; 
  • a farmer representing the BIPOC farming community, and 
  • a person with experience working in an organization representing migrant farm employees.

Candidates should understand and support sustainable agriculture and have experience working with farmers. They need to appreciate the need for a range of approaches to research and education to serve different types of farmers and communities engaged in the wide range of agricultural activities in the region. The work of the AC is done in support of the Northeast region’s Strategic Plan for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ), its vision or Outcome Statement, and the region’s DEIJ Values Statement.  

AC members must work in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C. While anyone is invited to apply, Northeast SARE encourages women, people in the LGBTQ+ community, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to consider serving on the Council.

To learn more about the role of the AC please visit:

Interested individuals should submit, preferably as a single PDF file: a letter briefly describing 1) which open AC seat they are applying for, 2) their relevant experience 3) why they are interested in serving on the AC, 4) the business or organization where they work, along with 5) their resume. Please send this information to Northeast SARE director Dr. Vern Grubinger, Northeast SARE director, at by December 31, 2023. 

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