Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Working with Northeast SARE

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is a regional program of the National SARE program, which is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NE SARE offers many categories of competitive grants including: Farmer, Partnership, Sustainable Community, Professional Development, and Research and Education grants. If you have a new idea for farming or agri-business, want to explore new or expanded marketing opportunities, improve profits, enhance environmental stewardship, or undertake similar projects, then you may want to consider applying for a SARE grant. To learn more about NE SARE grant opportunities visit the website at or contact your new Northeast SARE PDP Outreach Leader, Nola Wilson (information below).

Nola Wilson, newly on-board with NE SARE and WVU Extension Service, the SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) Outreach Leader for West Virginia and Western Maryland. Wilson served as a Small Farms Extension Agent for the past 10 years in Ocala, Florida. Her programs with Extension focused on agri-preneurship, beginning farmers, and local food system development. She has also worked in statewide educational efforts to intiate the Florida Small Farms Conference and Regional Extension Agent Working Groups. Wilson also served as the State Coordinator for Annie’s Project.

What can the SARE PDP Outreach Leader do for you? Over the next three years, NE SARE programming will focus on providing professional development opportunities in sustainable agriculture to agriculture service providers in WV and Western Maryland. The agriculture service providers will use their training to educate farmers on methods of making their farming operations more sustainable. The focus of the training will be on identifying and reaching new markets, building networks and partnerships and providing technical assistance on key topics, including food safety, sustainable production practices, direct marketing, value-adding and farm financial management.
The program is a collaborative effort among West Virginia University’s Extension Service, University of Maryland (Jeff Semler) and West Virginia State University (Barbara Liedl).

Have questions or would like more information about NE SARE? Contact Nola Wilson at 304-293-7312 or at


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