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November 2018

Final Reminder 

Farmer Grants Due November 27

Farmer Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  Northeast SARE’s Farmer Grant program funds projects, conducted by commercial farmers, to explore new production techniques, marketing practices and other approaches aimed at enhancing the sustainability of farming in our region. These projects are often conducted through experiments, trials, surveys and on-farm demonstrations. Application materials and more information may be found at:

Farming and Climate Change

How can farmers and agricultural service providers support farms adapting to the impacts of climate change? Two new SARE resources may provide answers.

University of Vermont graduate student Alissa White recently published results of her SARE-funded survey of Northeast fruit and vegetable growers that asked how they are changing farming practices to account for increased incidence of drought and heavy precipitation events. The report helps provide links between management strategies to specific climate impacts and site characteristics to “inform the growing conversation about what information and resources could be most useful in supporting diversified vegetable and berry farmers at this unique time.” 

Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches” is a new national SARE bulletin that describes what farmers can do to make their farms more resilient when facing s changing climate. It summarizes observed and predicted weather changes and provides examples of how farmers and ranchers are putting resilience strategies into practice. The bulletin is available as a free download.

NESAWG Highlights Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm's Lisa Calvo

In its series exploring how Farm Bill policies influence people, programs, and food systems throughout the region, the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) recently highlighted Lisa Calvo of Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm, recipient of two Northeast SARE Farmer Grants. Lisa's first grant developed a low-impact amphibious vehicle prototype for use on small-scale oyster operations; her current project is investigating field nursery practices for oyster seed cultivation.
Photo credit: Lisa Calvo

SARE Resources to Keep You Company this Winter

Winter is a great time to dive into SARE's numerous resources--from books and bulletins to podcasts and videos. The Learning Center catalogs the resources developed at the national office, within the region, and by grant recipients. See below for the latest resources developed by the national SARE outreach office. 

Our Farms, Our Future Podcast Series

Interviews captured at the 2018 national SARE conference provide thought-provoking conversations about the state of agriculture, how we got here, and where we're headed. Episodes are available on our website or by subscribing on iTunes or Stitcher.

Conference Recordings and More Available Online

Plenary and individual workshop sessions were recorded at the 2018 national SARE conference and have been posted at: The site also includes posters and SARE's Biennial Report, celebrating 30 years of SARE.

Farmers' Guide to Business Structures

This book outlines the characteristics and requirements of LLCs, corporations, partnerships and other business structures for farm operations and includes sample operating agreements, bylaws and other documents. It is available for free online as an eBook and in print for $26. Learn more at:
Northeast SARE offers competitive grants and sustainable agriculture education in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our programs are offered to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. SARE is funded by USDA NIFA. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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