A lot can be done with $15,000. Take it from Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. She and her team were able to use a previous $15,000 SARE Farmer Grant to explore barriers facing the ability for farmers to sell to low-income consumers without sacrificing profit and create the new resource: Sowing the Seeds of Justice Food Manual.
You can apply for the same grant and make an impact.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farmer Grants are now open. These grants are worth up to $15,000 and are intended for farm business owners and managers who would like to explore new sustainable production and marketing practices, often through an experiment, trial, or on-farm demonstration. Proposals should be innovative, show potential for improved sustainability, and the results should be useful to other farmers. Funded projects will be announced in late February 2019, and projects may begin in the spring. Application materials, including detailed instructions and supporting documents, are posted on the Northeast SARE website at www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant.
Farmers interested in applying should take advantage of a free farmer grant webinar on October 10th from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Grant program coordinator, Carol Delaney, will lead the webinar and will provide information on program eligibility, how to apply, types of projects SARE funds, allowable expenses and more. To register, visit http://go.uvm.edu/farmergrant19. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Debra Heleba at (802) 651-8335, ext. 552, by Oct. 3.
Farmer Grant projects must be conducted in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia or Washington, D.C. Awards are capped at $15,000 and projects may address the wide range of issues that affect farming in the Northeast. To search topics that SARE has previously funded, please access the national database of projects at projects.sare.org/search-projects.
Applicants must work with a technical advisor — typically a Cooperative Extension educator, Natural Resources Conservation Service staff, nonprofit organization employee, private crop consultant, veterinarian or other service provider — who provides support and advice to the farmer applicant.
Submit your application by November 27 at the NESARE Website.