Read about SBIR Grant - Phase II

USDA Small Business Innovation Research Grant
Phase I


In 2009, Green Heron Tools, LLC, was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Title of our grant: “Need for & feasibility of designing, producing & marketing agricultural tools & equipment for women”
  • 13 women’s agricultural networks, sustainable agriculture / small farms organizations and experts in women’s agriculture supported us. Supporters were from 10 different states, representing all regions of the U.S. – thank you!

This grant allowed us to further research what women want and need, through:

  1. Focus groups with women farmers in Vermont, Oregon, Iowa and Pennsylvania
  2. Interviews with women throughout the U.S.
  3. A continuation of our online survey

To date, we have obtained input from women in 32 states!

Grant deliverables include:

  1. Set of design parameters for tools/equipment designed for women
  2. Prototypes of three hand tools
  3. General design concepts for a rototiller

Timeframe of the grant: 6/09-1/10

For information on the members of our Phase I Design Team , click here

Click here to view or download a PowerPoint presentation with more detailed information about the need for tools & equipment for women; the connections among tools, equipment, safety & health; and our SBIR grant.

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