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Three 2023 Calls for Preproposals Now Open

Three of Northeast SARE's grant programs are now accepting preproposals. As part of Northeast SARE’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Strategic Plan, we will be examining our grant programs and procedures and may make structural changes to our grantmaking systems. To accommodate that work, these grant programs may not reopen for preproposals in 2023. Research […]

Solar-Clips Series Shines Light on Photovoltaics

University of Maryland extension has created a catalogue of videos that are a great resource for farmers or anyone else looking to install solar panels Northeast SARE grantees share their experience, insights, and stories in a variety of ways. As project leader for ENE20-165, Drew Schiavone from University of Maryland went above and beyond to […]

Three Members Depart from Northeast SARE AC

At their February meeting, the Northeast SARE Administrative Council (AC) bade farewell to Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Rose Ogutu, and Tom Vogelmann. AC members do more than review grants. They are Northeast SARE’s connection to the region. Representatives from universities, farms, agencies, and businesses who lend their time and expertise to help Northeast SARE better serve farmers […]

Forest Farming Best Practices

Wild and wild appearing ginseng is up to 100 times more valuable than alternatives grown under shade cloths. GNE19-221 investigated strategies for wild-simulated forest planting for ginseng, where forest farmers introduce ginseng to an area and allow it to grow with little intervention. The project, conducted by graduate student Karam Sheban with faculty advisor Marlyse […]

New Possibilities for Producer Cooperatives

Northeast SARE Partnership Grant project explores producer cooperatives Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) recently released a case study of two long-standing producer marketing cooperatives. Over the course of more than two years as part of Northeast SARE Partnership Project ONE19-332, CISA provided in-depth support to Our Family Farms (OFF) and The Pioneer Valley Grower’s […]

Northeast SARE Administrative Council Approves $5.8M for 62 projects

The Administrative Council of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program recently approved $5.8 million in funding to support 62 projects to conduct applied research, farmer education and farm advisor training to strengthen sustainable agriculture throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Northeast SARE offers six different grant programs for farmers, educators, service providers, researchers […]

Northeast SARE awards $708,591 in grants to work in partnership with farmers

Northeast SARE's Administrative Council recently awarded 27 Partnership Grant proposals for the 2021 grant cycle, totaling $708,591. These projects are now underway with the goal of working in direct partnerships with farmers to encourage innovative solutions to current sustainability challenges related to production, marketing, and/or farmer and community well-being in Northeast farming and food systems. […]

Graduate students receive Northeast SARE grants to conduct sustainable agriculture research

Twenty-eight students from around the Northeast were recently awarded grants by Northeast SARE to conduct sustainable agriculture research. Graduate students at any accredited Northeast university, college or veterinary school were invited to submit proposals to Northeast SARE's Graduate Student Research Grant Program. The program funds graduate student research focused on sustainable agriculture using either or […]

Farmers Invited to Apply for Sustainable Ag Grants

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is inviting farmers and growers to submit proposals to its Farmer Grant Program. Proposals are due online by 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 for projects starting next spring. Funded projects, which are capped at $30,000, will be announced in late February 2022. The call for proposals, […]

New Edition of "Building Soils for Better Crops" Now Available

The fourth edition of SARE’s most popular book, Building Soils for Better Crops: Ecological Management for Healthy Soils, is now available online and in print. The book covers everything from soil organic matter and nutrient cycles to ecological soil management including sections on cover crops, compost, reduced tillage, addressing fertility issues and more. Building Soils […]

Webinar Explains Northeast SARE's Large Grant Programs

Northeast SARE grant coordinators presented information about Northeast SARE's Research and Education, Research for Novel Approaches and Professional Development Grant Programs in a webinar held on June 24, 2021. The webinar covered program eligibility, showed a chart that helps applicants identify the grant program that best fits their ideas, discussed considerations for creating a strong […]

Northeast SARE Now Accepting Preproposals for 2022 Projects

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is seeking preproposals for three grant programs: Research and Education, Professional Development and Research for Novel Approaches. Grants are aimed at improving sustainable agriculture and local food systems throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Preproposals, which capture the preliminary project concept, are required for each grant program […]

Annual Report Looks Back at 2020 and Looks Up to the Future

Northeast SARE has published its annual report for 2020. The report includes a piece from director Vern Grubinger called, "Looking up – for Sustainability". It highlights funded projects representing each of Northeast SARE's six competitive grant programs, and lists the 111 projects awarded in 2020.

Successful Farming Practices in the Face of Climate Change

This article was reprinted with permission from Green Energy Times, a periodical that advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. When farmers and growers throughout the Northeast go to work, they know they will face unpredictable weather. After all, Mark Twain’s adage, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, […]

Northeast SARE awards $4.4 million in sustainable agriculture grant projects

The Administrative Council of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program recently approved $4,476,328 in funding to support 27 projects to conduct applied research, farmer education and farm advisor training to strengthen sustainable agriculture throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Projects were awarded through the Research and Education, Research for Novel Approaches in Sustainable […]

Northeast SARE Announces 2021 Farmer Grant Awards

The Administrative Council of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is pleased to announce that it has recently approved 29 Farmer Grant projects for funding, totaling $352,241. The Farmer Grant Program funds farmers to explore new ideas in sustainable agriculture on production, marketing, labor, farm succession, social capital and other topics. Projects […]

Spiders Provide Conservation Biological Control on Farms

Spiders were the focus of a Northeast SARE Graduate Student Research Grant project conducted by University of Maryland student Dylan Kutz. Kutz was interested in studying these undervalued yet important sources of natural insect control. He said, “Spiders are the most abundant natural enemy that occur in most agroecosystems and are estimated to globally consume […]

Webinar provides overview of Partnership Grant program

Northeast SARE grant coordinator Candice Huber provided information on the Partnership Grant program in a webinar held on March 2, 2021. She covered who is eligible and how to apply, topics that have been funded and how grant funds can and cannot be used. Candice also offered tips for writing a strong proposal and what […]

New Online Tool Helps Farmers Make Cover Crop Decisions

The Northeast Cover Crops Council (NECCC) recently released an online tool designed to support farm decision-making around cover crops. The Cover Crop Decision Support Tool is available at no cost at: http://covercrop.tools/. It includes a Cover Crop Explorer that provides in-depth information on more than 35 cover crop species. It also has a Species Selector […]