Grants to Five State SARE Winners

$300,000 awarded to California Ag Research and Education Projects by SARE.

Published on: Oct 21, 2010
Five California projects were awarded a total of $308,080 by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program in 2010. The five projects received funding to further sustainable agriculture research and outreach that meet the needs and challenges identified by producers.

The five funded projects include:

* Woolgathering on the Farm, Value-Added Wool Workshops (Producer Grant), Sophie Sheppard, Lake City, CA, $14,331.

* Prescribed Grazing to Sustain Livestock Production, Soil Quality, and Diversity on Rangelands (Research and Education Grant), Kenneth Tate, Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California Davis, $197,286.

* Capacity Building Workshop: Developing Regional Agritourism Networks for Agricultural Sustainability and Education (Professional Development Program Grant), Shermaine Hardesty, UC Small Farm Advisor, University of California Davis, $59,558.

The Surprise Valley is nestled between the high desert of the Great Basin and the snow-covered peaks of the Warner Mountain Wilderness. This historic building on Main Street was built in 1874 and was originally the Deep Creek Schoolhouse - it is now the home of Warner Mountain Weavers that works with Woolgathering on the Farm, the producer grant winner.
The Surprise Valley is nestled between the high desert of the Great Basin and the snow-covered peaks of the Warner Mountain Wilderness. This historic building on Main Street was built in 1874 and was originally the Deep Creek Schoolhouse - it is now the home of Warner Mountain Weavers that works with Woolgathering on the Farm, the producer grant winner.

* Understanding the Climate Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture (Professional Development Program Grant), Jeanne Merrill, California Climate and Agriculture Network, $11,905.

* Irrigation Alternatives for Sustainable Water Use of Processing Tomatoes (Graduate Student Grant), Felipe Barrios Masias, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California Davis $25,000.

Full project descriptions and principal investigator contact information is at http://wsare.usu.edu/pro/?sub=fund10.