Southern SARE is offering travel scholarships for producers, NGO representatives, and Extension to attend a sustainable agriculture conference in late 2014 or early 2015. Applications are due October 31, 2014.
Note: Florida SARE will select Florida scholarship recipients and notify Southern SARE. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed directly by Southern SARE via University of Georgia.
What can the travel scholarships be used for?
While the Southern SAWG meeting has certainly proven to be an excellent conference, any conferences, meetings, workshops, or trainings promoting sustainable agriculture is a possibility as long as it occurs in late 2014 or early 2015.
The SSAWG conference will be held in Mobile, AL, January 14-17, 2015.
What expenses will be reimbursed?
SARE will reimburse for registration fees, hotel rooms and travel to/from the conference. Scholarship recipients must pay for their expenses upfront and submit forms for reimbursement.
SARE does not pay for meals, field trips or short courses.
*There is one meal that will be reimbursed for SSAWG because it is covered in the registration fee.
SARE Travel Scholarship Guidelines are attached.
All reimbursement requests must be submitted within 20 days of the event.
Who is eligible to receive a travel scholarship?
The funds are open to be used by extension and NGOs who train farmers. Mentor Farmers* may attend but the farmers must be in a position to train other farmers.
How do I apply?
Complete the appropriate applications above. There are two application types –one for mentor farmers and one for Extension and NGO representatives.
In Southern SARE, we use the term “mentor farmer” in addition to limited resource farmer. While there is no strict definition, we see mentor farmers as innovators in sustainable agriculture who teach others what they have learned. They may be active in a farmers market, farmer cooperative, associations, or simply be a producer who tries innovative practices and hosts field days, trainings, demonstrations, and other events. PDP is a train the trainer program and the main idea is that mentor farmers participate in sustainable agriculture education events and take the information home to teach other producers.