Applications Sought for Farmers’ Grant Program

BURLINGTON – The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) is accepting applications for its Farmer Grant Program. Up to $15,000 is available per project. Applications are due online at 5 p.m. on November 17. 

The Farmer Grant Program funds farmers to enable them to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture on production, marketing, labor, farm succession, social capital and other areas through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques. Grants may not be used to help start or expand farm businesses.

Application materials, including detailed instructions and supporting documents, are posted on the Northeast SARE website at northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant. Questions about the grant program should be directed to Northeast SARE grant coordinator Candice Huber at candice.huber@uvm.edu.

A webinar that explains the program will be held on October 6, from noon to 1 p.m. Register at go.uvm.edu/farmergrantwebinar. Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact the Northeast SARE office at northeastsare@uvm.edu or (802) 651-8335 by September 29.

Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind. There are no restrictions on the topics that may be addressed as long as the proposed project leads to new information that enhances Northeast agriculture. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet the objectives and promise significant benefit to farming communities.

All commercial farm business owners and farm employees in the Northeast region are eligible to apply.

All projects must enlist a technical advisor that provides support to the farmer applicant. The technical advisor can be an Extension educator; Natural Resources Conservation Service or other government staff; university researcher; nonprofit staff; private consultant; veterinarian or other technical expert, including another farmer.