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March 2020

Notice about COVID-19

All of us at Northeast SARE recognize that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is at the forefront of our minds and is currently affecting our collective work with farmers and other community members. Our grant programs are continuing—including open calls for Partnership and Graduate Student Research Grant proposals—while we assess ways to best serve you during these uncertain times. We encourage grant applicants and current recipients to reach out to us with questions about our grant programs.
Wishing you and yours good health.

Now Accepting Proposals

Calls for 2020 Partnership and Graduate Student Research Grant proposals are open!

Partnership Grant

Partnership Grants fund research, demonstration and education projects conducted by agricultural service providersnonprofit and agency personnel, researchers, Extension educators, and othersworking in partnership with farmers.
Award maximum: $30,000.
Proposals due: April 14, 2020.
Learn More & Apply

Graduate Student Research Grant Program

This program funds a full range of sustainable agriculture research projects addressing Northeast farm and food system topics conducted by graduate students at colleges, universities and veterinary schools located in the Northeast region.
Award maximum: $15,000.
Proposals are due: April 21, 2020.
Learn More & Apply

Maryland nonprofit partners with farmers to grow their businesses online

Juliet Glass of the Maryland Farmers' Market Association conducted a Northeast SARE Partnership Grant project to partner with four farmers to grow sales and the farms’ customer base by expanding online marketing. Juliet methodically established the farms’ baseline social media use, helped farmers identify key factors in branding their businesses, and then worked side-by-side with her farm partners to write and implement social media plans. Despite a challenging growing season that made implementing project activities difficult, all farmer partners were able to increase their online customer audiences. Although Juliet recognized some challenges with the project, results of an end-of-project survey suggest that the farmer partners increased their online marketing knowledge and skills. One farmer said, “…It was useful to know how to use stories in Instagram, how to use hashtags, and how to cross-post. Content tips were also useful.” To share the lessons of online relationship marketing to a broader audience, Juliet created a social media toolkit for farmers and agricultural producers. It provides tips on getting the most out of social media on a busy schedule.

Graduate student uses innovative research methodology to assess urban farm strategies

Hannah Whitley. Photo reprinted and used with permission by PennState.
Pennsylvania State University graduate student Hannah Whitley conducted a Northeast SARE Graduate Student Research Grant project in Pittsburgh to identify strategies used by female urban farmers and growers to develop and maintain their operations. Hannah used a participant survey and a number of qualitative research methods in this work, including semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and an innovative methodology called “photovoice”. As a community-based participatory action research approach, photovoice calls on participants to take ownership of data collection by documenting their lived experiences through photography and written or oral descriptions. This part of Hannah’s project resulted in a rich complement to the other research methodologies as well as a way to share participant stories through a traveling photography gallery called "From Blight to Beauty": The Female Photovoice Project. Research results provided information on participants’ motivations for farming, their strategies for success, and contributions that urban farms have on their communities. Hannah also identified several recommendations to support and promote urban agriculture.   

Seeking Northeast SARE Grant Coordinator, apply by 4/15

We are currently accepting applications for a Grant Coordinator who will manage the Graduate Student  and Research for Novel Approaches in Sustainable Agriculture Grant programs. Together, these grant programs make about 50 awards annually, totaling $2 million. This 12-month, full-time professional staff position (with full benefits) will work from our South Burlington, VT office. The desired start date is August 3, 2020. To view the full job description and complete an application, go to, posting #39915. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2020.
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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