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Deadline for sustainability grants is Dec. 9

TSF funding helped support and earlier project comparing organic and integrated fruit production systems at Cornell Orchards.

TSF funding helped support an earlier project comparing organic and integrated fruit production systems at Cornell Orchards.

For more than a decade, CALS has bolstered its sustainability research with a steady stream of gifts from the Toward Sustainability Foundation (TSF), a Massachusetts-based organization founded by an anonymous, eco-minded Cornell alumna.

In its first 10 years, TSF provided nearly $550,000 in funding for approximately 75 faculty and student projects that examine the technological, social, political, and economic elements of sustainable agriculture.

The deadline for proposals for 2014 funds (up to $12,000 per grant) is December 9, 2013.

Priorities for funding in 2014 include:

  • Projects that involve Cornell undergraduate or graduate students in major roles.
  • Projects that investigate organics and sustainability relating to urban/peri-urban horticulture and agriculture.
  • Projects that involve county or region-based CCE educators and horticulture enterprises.
  • Projects that investigate key ecological processes and environmental impacts of organic and alternative farms, food systems, or managed landscapes.
  • Projects that promote soil and water resource conservation, human and wildlife habitat, and other ecosystem services in farms, gardens, natural areas, and managed landscapes.
  • Projects which extend professional development and/or educator enrichment through well-planned multiplier approaches.

Find more information and application procedures at the Department of Horticulture’s  TSF webpage.

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