The Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Vermont
and
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program of USDA present:

2003 ‘FARMER GRANTS’ FORUM

Wednesday Nov. 13 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm
Morey Lounge, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center


Since1993 the Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Farmer/Grower Grant program has awarded 58 grants to Vermont farmers, totaling over $245,000. In 2003, a new program called Partnership Grants is being offered.

Farmer/Grower Grants award funds directly to producers to test new crops, practices and systems through on-site experiments, and to share the results with other farmers. These grants average $5,200, and are capped at $10,000. Partnership Grants will be awarded for on-farm research and demonstration projects developed by agricultural professionals who work directly with farmers. These grants are capped at $10,000.

The Center for Sustainable Agriculture at UVM, University of Vermont Extension, and Northeast SARE are sponsoring a forum to share ideas about these grants that support on-farm research.  It will take place Wednesday Nov. 13 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm in Morey Lounge at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, VT.

Farmers that have submitted successful SARE farmer grants will give descriptions of their on-farm projects. SARE personnel will provide information on the 2003 grants program, and we will have an opportunity to discuss ideas from farmers and others interested in submitting a proposal.

Everyone is welcome to attend the forum, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so please register early. To register, please contact Allen Matthews at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture (802) 656-0037 or allen.matthews@uvm.edu

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