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SARE grant proposals due nov 12


Every year the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture and Research and Education (SARE) offer grants capping at $15,000 to commercial farmers who are looking to explore and innovate. Last years winners included projects so wonderfully creative that they bordered on zany– such as using mustard cover crops to biofumigate strawberries, pasturing rabbits for profit, and (my favorite) designing a low-impact amphibious vehicle for oyster harvesting.

This year’s deadline is in less than two weeks– on midnight Nov. 12! If you have an idea that you’d like to try out, you can download the application materials here, and there is a wealth of knowledge to gleaned from the grant page on SARE’s website.

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fsa grant available to help socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

FSA grant socially disadvantage

Grant applications are being accepted from eligible applicants to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers to own and operate farms and ranches. The grant will assist community-based organizations, higher education institutions and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 25. Learn more.

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vote for the hmong american farmers to receive a 500k grant!

HAFA is delighted to be a finalist in theTwins “Fans Choose” All-Star Legacy Giving grant program.

We need your help. As a finalist, we are now competing against six other top organizations for a $500,000 grant. In this final portion of the program, fans get to choose which organization should get the $500,000 grant.

Please go to the Twins “Fans Choose” website and vote for the Hmong American Farmers Association. You can vote once a day, every day until the end of the contest. Voting will begin on June 10 and will end at 4 pm on July 10. The winner of the $500,000 grant will be revealed on Monday, July 14 at Target Field.

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future organic farmer grant fund is open for grant applications


Let your future organic farmers know. The CCOF Foundation, in collaboration with partner organizations UNFI Foundation, Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, Bradmer Foods, and National Cooperative Grocers Association will be making grants in three educational categories in 2014. Categories and requirements are:

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade:
Grants for in-classroom organic projects in California
$1,000 grants available for 10 schools

High School:
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience projects nationally
$1,000 grants available for 10 individuals

Vocational and Higher Education:
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants available for at least 10 individuals


To learn more visit the website.

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maine grain alliance


The Maine Grain Alliance seeks applications to award mini-grants of $200 – $1,000 to fund need-based technical assistance (TA) that will help grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities in Maine.  A total of $2500 will be awarded in this round of grants. 

For more information about the Maine Grain Alliance and its other programs, please visit  The Maine Grain Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  This technical assistance grant program is made possible by a donor-advised grant program at the Maine Community Foundation.

For more information about the request for proposals email Please email completed proposals to: Application Deadline: August 30th 5:00 pm. Awards Announcement: September 20th.


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nominate a young farmer!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for Glynwood Center’s 6th Annual National Harvest Awards!
The Harvest Awards honor individuals, organizations, and businesses across the United States that do an exceptional job of supporting sustainable agriculture and regional food systems.  Do you know visionary farmers who not only raise amazing food but have also developed innovations in growing, marketing, and collaborating with their community in new and exciting ways? Are there inventive individuals, organizations or businesses in your community who are developing cutting-edge models to connect people and sustainable, regionally-produced food?
Please help us recognize outstanding work from around the country by nominating someone whose work you admire. This year’s categories include:
  • Farmer Award
  • Connecting Communities, Farmers, and Food Award
  • Wave of the Future Award
  • Good Food for Health Award


Please vist our website for nomination details and to make an electronic submission.  To receive nomination forms via snail mail, please contact Kim Vargo at or (845) 265-3338 ext. 131.  Additional information about Glynwood Center and past Harvest Award winners can also be found on our website.  Nominations must be postmarked or emailed no later than July 21, 2008.


While we’re on the topic of young farmer visionaries, we want to give a big shout out to Simon Huntley, farmer/founder of Small Farm Central.  Check him out.  He’ll help expand your capabilites to farm the web and entice customers, new and old, with the greatest of ease. 


And last but not least, for burgeoning young farmers out there in the West who are looking for funding, check out the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program through Utah State University… they are offering grants for farmers, research and education, professional development, etc.  For more on this visit


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