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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

Northeast 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.

2022 Calls for Proposals Now Available for Northeast SARE Partnership Grants 

This program funds applied research, demonstration and education projects conducted by anyone who works with farmers. Projects must directly partner with a farmer or farmers.  Award maximum: $30,000 Proposals are due by April 12, 2022, 5 p.m. ET.  

NE SARE recorded a webinar on the Partnership program, which can be found at  Grant Coordinator Candice Huber provides information about what "partnership" means in the Northeast SARE Partnership Grant program.  Also who is eligible to apply and the types of projects and expenses that can be funded.  There is also information from Samuel Anderson, Cornell Cooperative Extension, about his expereinces in apply for and managing a Partnership Grant on Two-spotted Spider Mite IPM for Urban Agriculture.  


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 
304-204-4037 (304) 293-7606
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