Farming 101 Workshop

Learn farming basics in the Finger Lakes

West HavenFlowerFieldJGmediumGroundswell’s Farming 101 Workshop explores farming as a career for students who have no prior farm experience. One of our goals in this program is to engage potential farmers from economically limited communities — immigrants, refugees, people of color, and limited-resource trainees. This customizable program can be offered for specific groups, including youth audiences. We hope to connect with communities outside of Ithaca by bringing students to the Finger Lakes from New York City and other urban areas.

This program offers on-farm learning experiences that provide an overview of farming as a career and as a lifestyle. Workshops will cover basic technical and management requirements for farming; opportunities and challenges in farming as a full-time or part-time career; realistic pathways to owning a farm business, as well as resources available to beginning farmers.
We also offer “Farming While Brown” workshops as an optional part of this program. These customizable presentations address the issues facing aspiring farmers of color in our region, as well as building community and visibility among farmers of color in the Finger Lakes.

To learn more about this program or to schedule a workshop series with us, contact us at