SARE Grants

The SARE program provides 6 categories of competitive grants to support work in sustainable agriculture.

  1. Research and Education Grants – call for preproposals usually issued in August and due in October
  2. Farmer-Rancher Grants – call for proposals usually issued in August or September and due in early December
  3. Professional Development Program Grants – call for preproposals usually issued in February and due in April
  4. Graduate Student Grants – call for proposals usually issued in February and due in April
  5. Youth Educator Grants — call for proposals usually issued in August and due in November
  6. Partnership Grants — call for proposals usually issued in August and due in October

Educators are strongly encouraged to let innovative farmers know about the SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants. Download a 2-page Handout about Farmer-Rancher Grants. For more information contact Diane Mayerfeld.

Recent examples of SARE grants in Wisconsin include:

Professional Development Projects

  • Making pasture walks more than just a walk in the pasture
  • Sustainable Agricultural Workshop Series for Tribal Educators

Farmer-Rancher Projects

  • Pasture Versus Invasives: Competing in Newly-Disturbed Soil Under a Newly-Opened Canopy Transitioning to Silvopasture
  • Expanding the Understanding and Adoption of Composting Bedded Pack Manure to Reduce Manure Applications on Frozen and Snow Covered Fields around the Yahara Watershed
  • Viability of Using Freeze Dried Herbs to Improve the Quality and Performance of Value-Added Herbal Products
  • Comparison of Methods for Growing Potatoes on Market Farms
  • Increasing Value-added Product Sales through Cottage Food Bakery Products Produced in Home Kitchens
  • Developing a “Cold Banking” System for Perch which Would Provide an Available Supply of Fish for Indoor Grow-Out Facilities Throughout Winter
  • Organic Methods To Promote Branching in Nursery Apple Trees
  • Rotation of Animals Through an Apple Orchard For Pest and Disease Suppression, Soil Improvement, and the Addition of Viable Revenue Streams
  • Increase Sustainability on Fish Farms with the Development of Value Added Products from Fish and Fish Waste
  • Evaluation of Oilseed Radish Biomass Management As A Control Strategy For Pests In NoTill Corn

Research and Education Projects

  • Tomato Variety Trials for Flavor, Quality and Agronomic Performance, to Increase Highvalue Direct Marketing Opportunities for Farmers and Onfarm Trialing Capacity
  • Protecting Diversified, DirectMarket, and ValueAdded Operations with Smart Business Structures, Written Agreements, and Regulatory Compliance
  • Building Resilience and Flexibility into Midwest Organic Potato Production: Participatory Breeding and Seed Potato Production

Graduate Student Projects

  • Linking Nutrient Transport to Soil Physical Processes During Freeze/Thaw Events to Promote Wintertime Manure Management, Nutrient Use Efficiency, and Surface Water Quality
  • Improving Soil Health Through Cover Crop Based NoTill Organic Vegetable Production
  • Diversity Prospecting for an Open Source Plant Breeding Framework

Youth Educator Projects

  • Youth Beekeeping & Entrepreneurship Building a National Model
  • Fieldhands and Foodways

Partnership Projects

  • Extending the Season in Northern Wisconsin Through Processing Vegetable Production
  • Using Living Aisles and No-Till Planting Strips to Mitigate the Impacts of Intense Rain Events on Organic Vegetable Farms
  • Agroforestry Education Using the Collective Experience of Pioneer Farmers
  • Growing for Tomorrow, Stockbridge-Musee Community

A searchable database of all SARE-funded projects is on the web at  You can search by state, grant type, and key words.

For more information about upcoming calls for proposals check the North Central Region SARE webpage at