SARE Grants in Florida
SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate. Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations, these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation. Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Florida.
- Florida Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary (pdf) The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight, a breakdown of funding by SARE project type, and the total funding for the state since 1988. This is a colorful 2-pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed.
- Competitive Grants List (pdf) The grants list describes each grant in the state by title, project leader and funding level. For further information about any grant in the list, go to SARE Projects and search by the project number or title.
The Florida SARE program is facilitated through a joint collaboration between the University of Florida and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. We work together to deliver a program that enhances the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the state through research and education. Florida SARE partners with researchers, extension faculty, producers, and community organizations to research and implement the best science-based practices available in all aspects of Florida’s agricultural system. In addition to research, SARE is dedicated to providing education in sustainable agriculture through various trainings offered each year.
Our SARE State Coordinators are vital for expanding sustainable agriculture training for Extension, NRCS, and other agricultural professionals, who will then help producers transition to a more sustainable agriculture.
University of Florida:
Mickie Swisher facilitates the Florida SARE program at the University of Florida. A focal point of the program is to incorporate sustainable agriculture into the existing research, teaching and extension programs at UF by working with faculty members from a wide range of disciplines in the agricultural and social sciences. Swisher teaches courses in research design, methods, and theories of community. She also conducts research focusing on food systems and community development. Swisher also serves as the director for the Center for Sustainable and Organic Food Systems and is the graduate coordinator in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences.
Florida A&M University:
Cassel Gardner is a faculty member and professor of Environmental Agronomy in the College of Agriculture at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University. As the 1890 SARE co-coordinator for Florida, he along with other faculty members carry out research and extension activities that incorporates the SARE (1990 Farm Bill) definition. His research focuses on alternative and new crops, nutrient management and environmental stewardship, maximizing crop yields while protecting water quality. Gardner also sits on the USDA Committee for Shared Leadership (CSL) which drives the national water program.
Florida SARE Program Assistant:
Kelly Monaghan assists Drs. Cassel Gardner and Mickie Swisher in coordinating the model state program. She recently was awarded a Master of Science degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and has started a doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida. Her research interests include food systems, food security, and community development.
The Florida SARE Advisory Council provides advice to the SARE state coordinators and program assistant regarding programmatic activities and further development of the model state program.
Florida SARE offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year. Check back to this section frequently to find out about upcoming events SARE and other organizations are hosting that you can participate in.
Here you will find educational resources and sustainable agriculture networking partners tailored to meet the needs of Florida producers and consumers.
A compilation of presently funded SARE projects in Florida.
Grant funding is available from many sources. Check out this list of requests for proposals relevant to sustainable agriculture.
We offer 3, $500 scholarships each year to one member of the Extension professional associations: Florida Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (FEAFCS), Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents (FACAA), and Florida Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (FANREP) to go to a professional conference related to sustainable ag. We also offer training programs.
The Florida SARE Advisory Council provides advice to the SARE State Coordinators and Program Assistant regarding programmatic activities and further development of the model state program.
The Plan of Work outlines the state program goals for the 2011-2012 operating year.