Request for Proposals: Cornell's TSF Organic Agriculture Research, Teaching & Outreach

If you’re a Cornell Student, Cooperative Extension educator, or organic farmer, you may be interested in this grant opportunity. The TSF (Toward Sustainability Foundation) has pledged a gift to Cornell to support organic agriculture programs, and they’re putting out a request for proposals now. The deadline for submitting grants is December 15th, 2010. This is a chance to get your idea funded!

From the website:

The Department of Horticulture at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) requests proposals for innovative research, teaching and outreach projects in organic farming and food system sustainability.  A gift from the Toward Sustainability Foundation (TSF) will provide support for successful proposals during calendar year 2011.  Short proposals are requested (10-page maximum, single spaced, including an itemized budget) from Cornell staff and students, Cooperative Extension educators, and New York organic farmers.  All funded proposals must include someone on the CALS faculty as a principal investigator or co-PI, in order for us to allocate these funds.  Projects will be funded up to a maximum $10,000 for a one-year period (2011).

From Sandra Repp of the Cornell Cooperative Extension:

For those who may have an interest in partnering on a project with Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension or its Master Gardener Program, please contact Monika Roth, Agriculture Program Leader at CCE-Tompkins, at 272-2292 or

For your convenience and reference, a map of local community and school garden sites in Tompkins County can be found here:

You can partner with Groundswell too!

Groundswell wants to work with you! If you’re thinking about applying and want to develop a proposal to work with Groundswell and the Finger Lakes CRAFT to develop and deliver a suite of on-farm training workshops and materials for farming trainees (beginning farmers, farming interns), email Joanna Green at We will be organizing a bunch of training sessions next season and want to be collaborating with Cornell and CCE colleagues to deliver specific technical training during some of the sessions. Email us and we’ll get in touch!