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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

Northeast SARE

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) (https://www.sare.org/) 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 (https://www.northeastsare.org) along with Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

NE SARE recorded a webinar on the Farmer Grant program, which can be found at https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/farmer-grant-powerpoints-and-webinars/.  This is a great opportunity for anyone considering a Farmer Grant proposal to get their questions answered.  The session reviewed who is eligible to apply, the types of projects the Farmer Grant program funds, how to apply (Farmer Grant proposals are due by November 16) and more. Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm – and Farmer Grant recipient of  FNE16-844, Understanding Equipment Sharing: A Farmer Toolkit and FNE20-953, Increasing Hudson Valley Farm Viability Through Cooperative Bulk Purchasing --  shared her experiences applying for and managing SARE grants.

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.  

Northeast SARE Grant Comparison Chart

NE SARE defines a "farm" based on the U.S. Census of Agriculture “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.”  For additional details see Northeast SARE's Definition of a Farm.  

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.  

Barbara E. Liedl, PhD Doolarie Singh-Knights, PhD
West Virginia State University West Virginia University
liedlbe@wvstateu.edu  DoSingh-Knights@mail.wvu.edu 
304-204-4037 (304) 293-7606
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