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sustainable agriculture research and education (SARE)

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) ( program is a decentralized competitive grants and education program operating in every state and island protectorate. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture, the program is run by four regions (North CentralNortheastSouth and West) hosted by land-grant institutions. SARE Outreach provides communication and technical support at the national level. 

West Virginia belongs to the Northeast region ( along with Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Northeast SARE offers a number of grant programs to farmers, educators, researchers, nonprofits, and others who work with farmers.  You can also search SARE's national database for grant project results.  

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) has released its 2021 call for Partnership Grant program proposals. The Partnership Grant program funds projects that work in direct partnership 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. Projects are capped at $30,000 and are typically conducted for one to two years.  Proposals are due online by 5 p.m. ET on April 13.  For more information about Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program, visit the website at:

A webinar that reviews the grant program will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. on March 2. Register at:

While the program operates regionally, state programs deliver train-the-trainer programs locally and provide outreach in each Northeast state.  West Virginia has two state coordinators, Barbara Liedl at West Virginia State University and Doolarie Singh-Knights at WVU.  

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Upcoming Events & Activities

2021 Northeast Partnership Grant Applications 
April 13, 2021 5 p.m. ET
Details can be found at

Webinar-Applying for a Northeast SARE Partnership Grant will be held on March 2 at 2 pm.  Register at:

Recent WV Partnership grant awardees:  

ONE19-342 - Implementing Beginning Farmer Training in Geographic Areas via WV Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training 
Education and training events for farmers across 17 counties to build knowledge, partnership and mentoring in West Virginia.

ONE19-347 - Advancing Walnut Syrup Production for Increased Profitability and Farm Income Diversification
Testing of viability of tapping walnut trees for syrup while comparing innovative taps to standard taps, vaccuum, and specialized boiling equipment.

ONE19-338 - Preserving the Past for the Future: Evaluating Production, Processing and Marketing of Appalachian Heritage Beans
Testing the market in West Virginia for heritage bean production.

ONE20-377 - Management of Powdery Mildew in Greenhouse and High Tunnel Tomatoes by Using Ultraviolet C Light
One high tunnel and one greenhouse tomato producer participate in sustainable powdery mildew management by using UV-C and relative humidity reduction inside the high tunnel. 10 additional growers adopt the method to manage powdery mildew and improve yield generating $25,000 additional annual income

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