The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NCR-SARE) has awarded funding to Michigan Food and Farming Systems and Julian Samora Research Institute to collaborate on the "Strategies for Adaptive Resilience in Sustainable Agriculture for Beginning and Historically Underserved Farmers."
This project focuses on three main objectives:
increase sustainability of agricultural businesses operated by limited resource and socially disadvantaged farmers
increase trust and strengthen relationships between underserved farmers, educational institutions, government organizations and technical assistance programs and
increase sustainable management of natural resources among socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers.
Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) and Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) will collaborate with Michigan State University Extension Staff, USDA NRCS, Conservation Districts, innovative partner organizations, and farmers in Michigan and other states in the North Central Region to deliver sustainable agriculture outreach and education that supports socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers in adapting to changing climates and markets, topics relevant to farmers in the region and country.
Educational programming will support historically underserved farmers in operating resilient, sustainable agriculture business operations that are more adaptable to external risks and environmental factors. Programming will be developed in response to the needs identified and co-developed through long standing collaborations with Spanish-speaking Latino and African American blueberry farmers in Southwest Michigan.
(NCR-SARE) Program is a nationwide initiative that provides funding and other educational opportunities to progress sustainable innovation in today’s American agriculture. The program offers these opportunities to producers, scientists, educators, institutions, organizations and others who are continuously exploring sustainable agriculture in the Midwest. NCR-SARE has established three programs which offer competitive grants for researchers, graduate students, organizations, agricultural educators, and many others.