The grants summary  includes a project highlight, a breakdown of funding by SARE project type, the total funding for the state since 1988 and state grant recipients.

Northeast SARE’s network of state coordinators–housed at each land grant university throughout the region–conduct professional development programs and share information about our grant programs and other sustainable agriculture resources in their respective states.

State Contacts

Kristy Borrelli

Kristy Borrelli

State SARE Coordinator
Pennsylvania State University
(814) 863-9845
Kristy Borrelli is a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Educator with the Field and Forage Crops Extension team at the Pennsylvania State University Extension. Her research and outreach work focuses on diversifying cropping systems to manage soil fertility and plant nutrients to maintain soil and water quality. Kristy grew up on a small family beef and poultry farm in Upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from SUNY ESF, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Soil Fertility from Washington State University. Prior to starting at PennState, Kristy worked as an Extension Specialist in the Pacific Northwest, assisting Idaho, Washington, and Oregon agricultural stakeholders to identify and promote sustainable management of wheat systems in the context of climate change.

Pennsylvania State SARE Coordinator Project:

Improving Farmer Engagement in Sustainable Agriculture using Participatory Learning Techniques

Adults–including farmers–learn best when they participate in relevant experiences and utilize practical information in ways that make them feel respected and valued. Farmers also prefer learning about issues concerning agriculture and natural resource conservation from other farmers. In addition, participatory learning techniques provide farmers with opportunities to share experiences as they problem-solve complex agricultural issues […]

SARE in Pennsylvania

Since 1988, SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate. Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations, these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation.

University of Pennsylvania Kristy Borrelli teaches farmers and service providers about soil health. Photo courtesy of Barbara Liedl.

Pennsylvania Impacts

in funding since 1988
328 projects
funded since 1988