Regional News

Read the latest news from Northeast SARE and see stories featuring our funded projects.

Weed Weasel prototype provides weed cultivation options for small-scale farms

Weed management is crucial on vegetable farms of all scales but may be particularly challenging for small-scale farms as hand weeding is time consuming while tractor cultivation may not fit with smaller acreages. So, with his Northeast SARE Partnership grant, Jan “Lu” Yoder of Woodmetalcanvas in Westport, MA collaborated with local farmers to build, test […]

Geese on Pasture

Wesley Bascom of Gozzard City LLC conducted a Northeast SARE Farmer Grant project to look at pastured goose production in northern Vermont. Wesley wanted to track the impact of different levels of grain supplementation for geese on pasture. He divided the goose flock into three groups of approximately 60 each and supplemented one group with […]

Pollinator buffers improve poultry farm sustainability & neighbor relations

Like many farms across the region, Hill Farms, Inc. in Houston, Delaware has seen in increase in residential development surrounding their farm. Because maintaining positive neighbor relations is important to this poultry operation, owner Tina Hill conducted a Northeast SARE Farmer Grant project to install a mixed vegetative buffer adjacent their poultry houses. Tina was […]

Project expands leafy green production in WV’s Eastern panhandle

The Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia is the fastest growing area in the state and is adjacent to large, diverse populations like Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. To meet the emerging demand for fresh produce from regional wholesale markets like hospitals, school districts and other institutional buyers, Lewis Jett of West Virginia University conducted a […]

Sustainable wine course goes online

In the vineyard industry, the task of communicating to customers is often left to winery sales and hospitality staff who may not know much about the farming end of the business. Whitney Beaman of Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, NY recognized that educating winery employees who hold customer-facing roles (including tasting room, wine club and wholesale […]

Maine leads project using winter ecology to manage small ruminant parasites

For many small ruminant operations, grazing is central to farm profitability. However, grazing livestock increases risks of losses due to parasite-infested pastures. Haemonchus contortus, Barber pole worm, is a particular threat to sheep and goat farms throughout the Northeast region. Although H. contortus (as a subtropical parasite) has adapted to northern climates, Jim Weber of […]

UMD student studies the intersection of food safety and irrigation water

Salmonella enterica is the most common cause of foodborne illness in the United States. Since Salmonella has been a food safety concern for vegetables produced on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with surface water and sediments identified as possible reservoirs for these bacteria, University of Maryland student Angela Ferelli conducted a Northeast SARE Graduate Student […]

Northeast SARE Announces 2020 Grant Awards

The Northeast SARE Administrative Council has approved 59 projects, totaling $4,766,005, for funding thus far in the 2020 grant funding cycle. These include 31 Farmer Grant projects, 12 Research and Education projects, 10 Research for Novel Approaches projects, and 6 Professional Development projects. The Administrative Council is the governance committee of Northeast SARE (comprised of […]

A Look at Pollinator Projects

Pollinators are essential parts of the ecosystem and are crucial to the success of growers everywhere. There has been an increasing decline in pollinator populations, especially native bees, in the last 20 years with four species seeing a 96% decrease and three others going into extinction, according to the Sierra Club. A few key factors […]

Northeast SARE Continues to Accept Grant Proposals

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program will continue to accept proposals for its Partnership and Graduate Student Research Grant Programs while staff assess ways to best serve stakeholders during the current COVID-19 situation. Information about the grant programs may be found on the Northeast SARE website at www.northeastsare.org. Applicants who encounter delays […]

Northeast SARE Releases 2020 Calls for Proposals for Partnership and Graduate Student Grant Programs

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released the 2020 calls for proposals for its Partnership and Graduate Student Research Grant Programs. Both grant programs are competitive and fund projects seeking to advance sustainable agriculture in the Northeast region. All projects must be conducted in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, […]

Northeast SARE Welcomes New Associate Director

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) recently hired a new associate director. Heather Omand started in the position on February 3, 2020.  As the associate director of Northeast SARE, Omand will manage a wide range of administrative and operational functions as part of the program’s leadership team. She succeeds David Holm, who […]

Northeast SARE Announces 2019 Partnership Grant Awards

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is pleased to announce that its Administrative Council recently approved 29 Partnership Grant proposals for funding, totaling $777,274. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Northeast SARE offers competitive grants and education in sustainable agriculture. Partnership Grants fund projects conducted […]

Northeast SARE Announces 2019 Graduate Student Research Grant Awards

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is pleased to announce that its Administrative Council approved 34 Graduate Student Research Grant proposals for funding, totaling $495,917. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Northeast SARE offers competitive grants and education in sustainable agriculture. The program’s Graduate Student […]

Ginger: An ancient crop in the New World

Melissa Bahret of Old Friends Farm in Amherst, Massachusetts, saw that her greenhousewas sitting idle in the late spring and summer, after her vegetable starts were in the ground or sold to customers.  She and her business partner, Casey Steinberg, were looking for new ways to use the space and to complement the flowers, salad […]

New weed control tools for smaller farms

Weed control is an important issue on vegetable farms, and it can be particularly challenging on smaller farms that lack effective mechanization. This Partnership Grant addressed that issue and also leveraged a variety of other resources to study innovative tools that could have wide applicability to the many small vegetable farms in our region. The […]

Fair Trade Strategy for Northeast “Eco-Growers”

For Northeast apple farmers it was a matter of survival. Facing a perfect storm of rising land, oil and labor prices, along with fierce competition from China and Chile, the apple farmers needed to find new revenue streams fast. They began a collaboration with Red Tomato, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that helps connect consumers to […]

Tackling the Thorny Issues, Linking Practitioners

As the ranks of organic farmers swell in America, so does the need for answers to tough problems in organic agriculture. For example, how can weeds be controlled without soil-eroding tillage? How can risk be minimized? How can farmers learn from one another? Thanks to researcher/educators like Anu Rangarajan of Cornell University, new and transitioning […]

Simple P Test Yields Millions in Savings

John Maxwell, a Geneseo, N.Y., dairy farmer, used to apply more than 60 pounds of phosphorus per acre when planting his 250 acres of corn. But after participating in a SARE-funded, statewide research project aimed at helping growers fine-tune their use of starter phosphorus fertilizers, he has reduced that to about 20 pounds per acre, […]

On-Farm Biodiesel 101

In Thurmont, Md., farmer Charlie Kolb produced about 5,000 gallons of biodiesel in 2009, and he is teaching a neighbor how to do the same. Sebastian Kretschmer makes biodiesel at a nonprofit farm in Kimberton, Penn., where he holds biodiesel production demonstrations for visitors. Staff at Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia save thousands each year by […]