Support Local Food and Farming

Groundswell depends on the generous contributions of individual and business supporters. Your donation to Groundswell is an investment in the future. You can help us build a locally controlled food system, in which all community members have access to healthful and affordable regional agricultural products — and to economic opportunities in the food system.

GS Gifts

Your tax deductible donation supports:

  • Training and education programs for aspiring and established farmers
  • Operations and facilities at Groundswell’s Incubator Farm
  • Outreach to potential new farmers in diverse and underserved communities
  • Tuition support for limited-resource trainees
  • Leadership development for farmers and food activists

Help us in our mission to provide hands-on training to beginning farmers and food system activists! Donate online or send your check or money order, payable to Groundswell-CTA, to: Groundswell Center, 225 South Fulton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.


Donations to Groundswell are processed securely via Paypal and will appear on your credit card statement as “CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION”, our parent non-profit organization.

Groundswell is a Project of the Center for Transformative Action, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our tax identification number is 16-0990318. All donations over $25 are tax-deductible.   Thank you for your support!

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What our trainees say about Groundswell

The trainees and leaders and farmers in the program are AWESOME people – their collective knowledge is a staggeringly significant resource that makes farming begin to feel possible for me.

– Shelley Lovelace, Open Heart Farm (Sustainable Farming Certificate Program)

I find great joy in learning about farming and interacting with farmers and aspiring farmers. The experience has helped me connect to the land (earth) in new and profound ways… In fact, I used some of my newly acquired knowledge when I was at my parents’ home in Mexico. I upgraded the composting system, started improving soil fertility for all the trees and shrubs in the gardens, and started preparing a small vegetable garden plot for next year.

– Eduardo Carillo-Rubio (Sustainable Farming Certificate Program)

I do want to acknowledge the very potent influence your efforts have had on my quest for increased food sovereignty in Harlem, NY… My garden is getting ridiculously crowded. I’ve got to get more personal growing space. Recruiting a few partners to look for farmland. Just to let you know that I am serious about my expression that the course was beneficial: especially your injunction to carefully review one’s personal needs and expectations, first, [that] helped to refine my vision of where I fit in with Agriculture.

– Steven Kidd, Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden (Farm Business Planning Course)

I was born and raised in the Midwestern corn belt in the fifth generation of a large family of corn and soybean farmers… Majoring in Plant Sciences at Cornell gave me a broad knowledge of plant physiology, soil health, and ecology, but it wasn’t until [I joined] Groundswell that the much greater role of plants in the world became apparent to me. Seeing differences between my upbringing and my current home many miles away, I now know that the health of a people truly comes from their soil, and the work of a farmer can be the most fulfilling of all. While I originally intended to use my degree to become a plant breeder, I now plan on being a farmer, and begin my first farm apprenticeship in six weeks.

– Henry “Jonathan” Henrichs (Finger Lakes CRAFT)

Every bit helps. Will you join us?