North Central SARE's network of state coordinators–housed at each land grant university throughout the region–conduct train-the-trainer programs and share information about our grant programs and other sustainable agriculture resources in their respective states.

State Contacts

Christa Hartsook

Christa Hartsook

Extension Small Farms Program Manager
Iowa State University
Christa Hartsook is the Iowa SARE State Coordinator and is the Small Farms Program Manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She helps connect people to resources at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Since 1988, SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate. Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations, these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation.

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Fellows Aaron Esser and Nathan Winter stand next to peppers grown in Salt Fork Farms' high tunnel in Solon, Iowa.

IOWA Impacts

in funding since 1988
253 projects
funded since 1988

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