The sustainable agriculture research and education program, or SARE, gives grants to farmers who have things they want to test out.
It can be about livestock, crops or even the farm’s marketing.
Grants are given out for up to $15,000 dollars.
“A lot of times farmers have some really interesting and nifty ideas but they don’t have the extra funding to test it out, so SARE will provide extra funds, actually it will also help pay for the farmers time to test out that little thing, to see if it will help them be more profitable,” said Donna Coffin, Extension Educator, UMaine Cooperative Extension.
UMaine’s outreach coordinator for northeast SARE will be at the next Maine highlands farmers meeting.
He will discuss past grants that were successful, and explain what qualifies for the funding.
Everyone is invited to the free session Thursday, October 10th at 7 pm at the Piscataquis county extension office, East Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft.