Are you a beginning farmer interested in a sustainable agriculture?
Get to know NSAC and SARETwo very important sustainable agriculture organizations are celebrating their 25th anniversaries. NSAC, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and SARE, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program are both celebrating 25 years. Coincidence? From NSAC’s blog: This is not a coincidence. Authorizing and winning funding for SARE was the first major NSAC campaign. SARE was the first USDA program dedicated to sustainable agriculture and remains the keystone program. Yesterday, SARE issued a new brochure entitled 25 Years of SARE. The brochure highlights SARE’s groundbreaking contributions in cover cropping, rotational grazing, local and regional marketing, and agro-ecosystem research. Looking toward the future, the document highlights recent SARE grants to promote small-scale meat processing, energy independence, water conservation, and the next generation of farmers and researchers. We here at NSAC applaud the SARE program and congratulate the program leaders as well as all of the farmer leaders and researchers, educators, and extension specialists who make the program what it is today. SARE is by many measures the most effective of USDA’s many competitive grants programs and it has many valuable lessons to offer with respect to sustainability criteria, regional program administration, stakeholder involvement, farmer participation, an integrated approach, and effective communication of project results.