Homesteader’s Network

Groundswell Homestead Farmers & Gardeners Network

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Not sure if you’re a farmer or a gardener? Serious about growing things, but not for sale? Eager to learn from other serious homestead-scale producers rural, urban and suburban? Then join Groundswell’s Homestead Farmers & Gardeners Network!

We gather from 3:30 – 5:30 PM one Sunday per month, May through October. First we tour the homestead of our host, and then talk shop over refreshments. It’s a great chance to see some super interesting places and learn from each other about the art of homestead farming.


Participation in the Homesteaders Network is one of the benefits of your Groundswell Membership. If you’re already a Groundswell Member, email our program coordinator and we’ll add you to our Homesteader’s Network. You will receive invitations to each monthly gathering.

Not a Groundswell Member yet? Click HERE to join.

2016 SCHEDULE: June 26, July 10, August 28, September 25, October 16.  Read more about each event here.


RSVP in advance is required since space is limited.

Here’s a taste of past Homestead gatherings:

Philip and Pat’s Orchard Garden

Philip and Pat from Lansing, NY are seasoned gardeners who use permaculture principles on 1/4 acre of land. Phil has been an organic gardener for 45 years working with different climate & soil areas; has a garden and orchard with 10 fruit trees (apricot, peach, plum, Asian pear; 13 high bush blueberries, 30+ asparagus, 50+ strawberries, many raspberries, and an evolving herb bed). They are cultivating life, seeking to attract insects and birds—which they hope will evolve over the coming years. They are producing an amazing amount of food, providing veggies for virtually every dinner. They hope to extend the seasons and have fresh food 12 months a year (with roots, various greens, and fresh salads all winter). No hoop house, at least not yet.

Steve’s Permaculture Demonstration Site

Steve Austin, Ithaca, NY – ITHACA Permaculture Demonstration Site;

A diverse garden oasis nestled into the landscape with a timber framed pergola, terraced edible plant guilds, a constructed natural stream, two ponds, a stone patio, and a four season greenhouse. Part of the energy systems includes PV panels on the garden pergola that let light shine through. In both the outdoor ponds, the small greenhouse and basement food is grown using “Aquaponics”. All are part of an integrative and sustainable design system known as Permaculture. Each element performs many functions. Each important function is supported by many elements.

Valerie’s Diversified Biodynamic Farmstead

Valerie and her family live in a rustic, passive solar house on a 26-acre homestead surrounded by New York State Forest lands. Our July Gathering will offer a chance to see how they use biodynamic and permaculture practices to maintain a diversified farmstead that includes two cows, a goat, hogs and chickens who graze on over six acres of pasture. During the visit, Groundswell Members enjoyed a special sampling of freshly-made raw cows’ milk, cultured pasture butter and cheese! The afternoon included exploration of their pastures, the 1/2 acre vegetable garden, forest, fruit trees, herb gardens, ponds and creeks; and gravity-fed spring water. When they bought the property in 2007 they set about creating a homestead that fulfilled both material and non-material needs. Join us on July 28th for this very special Homestead Gathering to learn more about how homestead life feeds body and soul.

Godin-Green Micro-Farm

Groundswell Director Joanna Green and her husband Art Godin grow all their own veggies, and store, freeze and can them for year-round eating on this 2 acre “micro-farm.” They also milk a goat and make lots of cheese, and have a small flock of laying hens, two hoop houses and a little orchard. They’ll demonstrate starting seedlings with soil blocks, low-tech produce storage options, crop planning and record keeping spreadsheets, and season extension systems. But they plan to learn just as much from you as you’ll learn from them!

Edible Acres: Homestead and Plant Nursery

Sean Dembrosky’s Edible Acres is a permaculture-based homestead and edible plant nursery just north of Trumansburg. Sean’s focus is on perennial food/medicine plants, including mushrooms, and species that exhibit vigorous growth, an ability to fend for themselves, and share great tasting snacks to those who work with them. He has a number of demonstration gardens to inspire you, whether you have a tiny urban backyard or hundreds of acres of wild land. While you’re there, don’t forget that Edible Acres has a wide variety of plants available for sale at very reasonable prices.

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This event is free to Groundswell Members, $10 for non-Members.