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Watch videos about Northeast SARE projects and topics.
A 30-page guide to effective and engaging learning experiences for adults.
The spring issue of Innovations has always been my favorite. Just as farmers sow their fields with optimism for harvests down the road, this is the time of year that Northeast SARE approves funding for many projects, sowing the seed for future advances in sustainable agriculture.
How a new project assessment tool helps us understand what we do and how well we are doing it.
Extension staff, local food marketing specialists, and farmer advisors work together to build and supply winter markets.
This project recovered 60,000 pounds of produce and distributed it to 15 food security organizations.
This farmer wanted to track the impact of different levels of grain supplementation for geese on pasture.
Recent studies have shown that integrated management of honeybees and native bees helps secure pollination and enhance crop yields.
With increased demand for locally grown hops for brewing beer, the number of hops growers in the Northeast has increased from six to more than 150 in the last five years.
For many farmers, agritourism is a new business model, necessitating a shift from a production-centric focus to one that includes providing and marketing service and hospitality.
FARMDATA is a an internet-based database system for user-friendly inputting and reporting of crop production records developed at Dickinson College.
In 2010, West Virginia legislators approved a new rule for regulating pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and farmers had concerns and questions about what this new rule meant for them.
This project focused almost exclusively on forage radish as the fall-planted cover crop, and the trials were conducted on a wide range of soils in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Annie White and Leonard Perry at the University of Vermont have spent the past three years researching how pollinators interact with the landscape and how we humans can help.
Before I became the Northeast SARE coordinator, part of my job was as director of a soft-funded entity within my university. It didn’t take long before I started joking that I went from trying to get money to giving it out, and the bad news was that it required just as much work.
Each summer the Administrative Council of Northeast SARE meets in one of the twelve Northeast states that we serve, and one day is spent touring local farms, including those involved with a SARE project.
March 29 to 31, 2016, Baltimore, Maryland
Ray Weil, an international leader in sustainable agricultural systems, will talk to the Northeast region's Administrative Council about his work with farmers in the region and across the big water. As we post this, Ray is in Malawi.
A New York City compost project supports the rooftop garden in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Navy Yard is an urban industrial park with over 200 businesses –designers, builders, tech firms, cafes, and coffee roasters – all which, in one way or another, create organic waste in their daily operations.
Throughout the United States, people are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and how its production affects individuals and their communities.
Outcome funding requires each project to have a specific target for behavior change, or change in condition, among some portion of the people the project intends to engage.
This three-year project set out to assess the efficacy of grass and legume cover-crop mulches as a substitute for black plastic mulch.
More than 6,400 New England farms include poultry production, so this Maine project delivered needed training in egg production, bird anatomy, nutrition, egg and meat production cycles, pest management, marketing, enterprise planning, and economics.
The rising cost of inputs and the environmental impacts of fertilizers provide new impetus for taking a whole-farm approach to berry crop nutrient and soil management.
Basic research can cross over into applied studies, especially when farmers are asking pressing agronomic questions.
A hundred projects across six different grant programs, and boots on the ground in every state. It's a lot to keep track of.
When Nevin Dawson became the University of Maryland state coordinator in 2013, he dug right in to find out what the educational needs were.
Program history can tell important stories about how applicants use the various grant programs to reach their research, education, and professional goals, sometimes in surprising ways.
A celebration of 25 years of program operations includes interviews, money matters, and program history.
The National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, held Feb. 17-19, 2014 in Omaha, Neb., brought together 300 agricultural leaders and innovators to explore how we can make American agriculture more sustainable through improved soil health.
At Northeast SARE, we recently had an uncomfortable realization—“we” being program staff—and this realization occurred at one of our semiannual retreats, where we take the time to discuss what’s working, what’s not, and who cares.
A selection of new resources for downloading or for requesting in print.
Nevin Dawson recently joined Northeast SARE as the state coordinator affiliated with the University of Maryland.
Each year the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and SARE select four members—one from each region—as SARE Fellows. Over two years, the Fellows travel to each of the SARE regions to learn about sustainable agriculture and enhance their work with farmers.
Winter greens grown in high tunnels and greenhouses have become an important revenue stream for farmers and support year-round access to fresh local food via winter farmers markets and CSAs.
With a sound marketing plan in place, payments made to farmers for their steers more than doubled—from $45,829 to $97,170—and pasture acreage increased from 1,850 acres to 2,455.
The benefits of cover cropping with conservation tillage include reduced erosion, improved soil health, and savings in time, fuel, and money, but adoption still has challenges.
The Technical Committee is a grassroots entity that helps SARE with grant-making decisions.
Consumer interest in locally raised foods lets farmers add an important income stream through high tunnels.
Two new webinars on farm energy and cover crops have been archived on line.
Northeast SARE values and why they matter.
Dr. Michele Barrett wanted to find a better way to quickly identify resistant mastitis and pinpoint its specific antibiotic sensitivity.
People who pass Steve Harnish’s field often ask him about the 12-foot-tall plants that cover two acres of land at his family’s Central Manor, PA Dairy.
The demand for local food continues to rise, but access to local products can be complicated, decentralized, and inconvenient. Planning helps.
“Seed is the vital link to our agricultural past”—this is the first line on the first page of The Organic Seed Grower, a new book that is the result of a three-way partnership among author John Navazio, Chelsea Green Publishing, and Northeast SARE.
Driving through the northern section of Baltimore, it’s hard not to notice the empty lots and vacant buildings, but an urban farm alliance is bringing new vitality to neighborhoods and families.
While Santa’s elves were busy building toys and making lists for the boss to ponder, Northeast SARE reviewers were toiling over grant applications and making their own lists for the Administrative Council’s consideration.
Regional Coordinator Vern Grubinger looks at some recent survey results and hears an aspirational melody.
An update to an interactive website on local and regional food.
SARE-sponsored professional development programs.
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Apply for a license to process poultry using a Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU).
It was a Friday afternoon in late July, and the half-acre farm was buzzing with youth picking and washing vegetables on an outdoor table in preparation for the Saturday farmers market.
Video: Eric Vander Hyde of Barefoot Gardens in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, develops a scale-appropriate three-point attachment tool system that can help small- to mid-sized operations to be more efficient and flexible.
A new guide from Farmer Grant Specialist Carol Delaney: A Guide to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy.
The old saying “what goes around comes around” would be an appropriate slogan for SARE’s Graduate Student Grant program, for several reasons.
Dewberry is a serious weed in commercial cranberry bogs—it spreads quickly, crowds out the cranberry vines, and is hard to get rid of. Katherine Ghantous at the University of Massachusetts is using a $14,992 Graduate Student Grant to see if flame cultivation will control dewberry.
The NESAWG conference has been rescheduled for February 10, 11, and 12, 2013.
A new 12-page guide that covers tree selection, inoculation, and accounting for environmental factors like shade, humidity, and waxing the logs to keep out other kinds of fungi.
Is the sustainable agriculture glass half full or half empty? Regional Coordinator Vern Grubinger tackles the answers to hard questions.
No-till farming has important benefits, but its sustainability is compromised by a reliance on pesticides for insect and weed control; for instance, many field crop seeds are treated with neonicotinoid insecticides like thiamethoxam.
A guide to farmland lease arrangements. Written for Connecticut, it has material that will be useful across the Northeast.
Equipment trials specific to small vegetable farms.
An idle greenhouse sparks a new idea.
Grass fed, local, and value-added.