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

Nicole Thompson

Nicole Thompson

State Coordinator
Pennsylvania State University
Nicole Santangelo Thompson is an Agronomy Educator and Field & Forage Crops Team Leader at Penn State Extension. Her work in north central Pennsylvania stems from the needs of local farmers. Her expertise in forage production is a testament to the region's ability to grow quality pastures, hay and silage. Programs she has helped develop are derived from the interface of crops and livestock including cover crops, nutrient management, and water and agriculture issues. She holds two undergraduate degrees in agricultural business and animal science from The State University of New York and a master's degree from Cornell University in agricultural education.

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
368 projects
funded since 1988