Read brief descriptions of projects funded in recent grant cycles. We hope these summaries will give you a feel for the variety of projects and approaches SARE is receptive to.
In 2016, Northeast SARE awarded $323,351 for 26 Farmer grants. Awards ranged from $5,267 to see if a perennial living mulch can help control mycorrhizal infection to $15,000 to test the use of tidal movement to clean and tumble oysters.
Partnership Grants support collaboration among extension, farmers, and community organizations on topics that are important to the sustainable farming community.
In 2016, Northeast SARE awarded $391,893 to fund 27 Partnership projects. Awards ranged from $11,200 to improve soil aeration to $15,000 to build new markets for a food hub.
In 2016, Northeast SARE awarded $372,176 to 26 graduate students who are doing agricultural research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Projects ranged from $3,892 to test the efficacy of bioretention cells in an agricultural setting to $15,000 to explore the effects of microbe communities on pest damage in no-till and cover cropped corn.
Professional Development Grants use a train-the-trainer model to improve understanding of sustainable agriculture practices.
In 2016, Northeast SARE awarded $347,429 for four projects that ranged from $61,002 to deliver training on improving beginning farmer viability to $144,859 to developing a cover crops council, with attendant resources and learning tool.
This past spring, Northeast SARE awarded $1,921,905 for ten Research and Education projects. Awards ranged from $127,799 to improve pre-cooling and curing practices for fruits and vegetables to $199,820 to explore optimal kelp supplementation.
In 2016, Northeast SARE continued funding of one long-term research project for $400,000. This program supports in-depth research into the ecological interactions that are the foundation of sustainable agriculture. We are currently supporting two Agroecosystems projects and will not be seeking new preproposals until further notice.