The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is offering several grants for projects in sustainable agriculture.

*Farmer grants are for commercial farmers testing a sustainable new practice. Possibilities include pest management, soil health, renewable energy, adding value, marketing and new production techniques. Funds can be used for materials and to pay farmers for their time. The deadline is Dec. 22.

*Partnership grants are for cooperative extensions and other service providers who work directly with farmers. They support on-farm research and demonstration projects in sustainable agriculture. Funds can be used to pay for personnel, materials, sampling, supplies, testing and to compensate cooperating farmers for their time. The deadline is Dec. 5.

*Sustainable community grants are for projects that connect farming and economic development. Possible issues include land use, nutrition, employment, markets, education, public policy and other facets of rural development.

Applicants must be affiliated with an organization such as a community nonprofit, cooperative extension, local government, and educational institution, a planning board, a farming cooperative or an incorporated citizens' group. The deadline is Nov. 28.

*Finally, Appalachian Initiative, offered in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission, will award funds for innovative farm-based renewable energy projects and for adding value to farm products. The deadline is Nov. 28.

More information is available by visiting or calling (802) 656-0471.

Each of the grant programs is capped at $10,000, and Appalachian Initiative awards are capped at $25,000.

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