Northeast SARE Seeks a Farmer to Serve on its Leadership Committee

October 25, 2021
Staff, state coordinators and members of Northeast SARE's Administrative Council visit site of on-farm research in Maine.

Northeast SARE is seeking a farmer to serve on its 20-member Administrative Council (AC), the leadership committee that provides program oversight, grant proposal evaluation and internal policy guidance.

The open seat on the AC is one of four that represents farmers. Northeast SARE is especially interested in having the perspective of Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) farmers represented on the AC and encourages BIPOC farmers and growers to consider applying.

Interested individuals should email a letter describing their interest in serving on the AC, a resume, and a profile of their farm (preferably submitted as a single PDF) to Northeast SARE director Vern Grubinger at by no later than by December 3, 2021,

Candidates must be farming in the Northeast region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C.). They should understand and support sustainable agriculture and appreciate the need for a range of approaches to research and education to serve different types of farmers and communities engaged in diverse agricultural activities in the region.

Administrative Council members participate in two multiple day meetings per year. The time commitment to prepare for and participate in these biannual AC meetings is about 7 days per year. In addition, AC members spend 2 to 3 days per year reviewing grant proposals.

Members serve a term of 4 years on Northeast SARE's AC, with the option to renew for an additional 2 years.

A per diem consultant payment of $300 per day is provided to farmers for time spent on review panels and at AC meetings. Travel costs (flights, hotel, meals, mileage, etc.) to AC meetings are covered either up front by Northeast SARE or as reimbursements.

More information about how to apply, specific roles, time commitment, reimbursement of expenses and other details may be found at: or upon request to

Northeast SARE offers six competitive grant programs and sustainable agriculture education. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and is housed within University of Vermont Extension.

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