Supporting the family farm, promoting conservation, and strengthening communities through sustainable agriculture strategies.

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The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is a decentralized competitive grants and education program operating in every state and territory.

Using Summer Cover Crops for Organic No-till Broccoli

SSARE funding helps South Carolina farmers control weeds through better cover crop mixes.

$86
million
in funding since 1988
1,438 projects
funded since 1988

About Southern SARE

Southern SARE offers competitive grants and educational opportunities for producers, researchers, educators, institutions, organizations and others exploring sustainable agriculture in America's South, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

weighing tomatoes

Sweetgrass Garden has engaged in years of on-site research comparing various soil amendments, We have to thank SSARE for supporting the research mission of Sweetgrass Garden from the beginning. SSARE has been instrumental all along the way in supporting our research to improve soil health as we provide free fresh produce for residents in need in our community. Our not-for-profit mission has evolved over 10 years. It is still going strong, and now we have the foundation for a for-profit business to sustain the original not-for-profit farm.

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