Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow

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Instructor: Jeromy Biazzo

Students will make a simple one handed snath (handle) to fit a blade they bring or purchase from Groundswell. Snath design and assembly will be made simpler so that more time can be applied to mowing. Ring clasps will be purchased and handles will be attached with a hanger bolt.

Course Fee: $30
Tools needed: Scythe blade, ring clasps, whetstone, whetstone holder
If you want us to purchase the tools for you: $90 materials fee

If you want to purchase tools independently, they can be bought from Scytheworks.ca, www.lehmans.com or onescytherevolution.com, howlandtools.com, or scythesupply.com.

This course is limited to 10 people.

Instructor Bio: Jeromy Biazzo is a skilled scythe make and mower, and owner of Wolftree Farm.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@groundswellcenter.org or 607.319.5095 with questions about access to materials, transportation, etc.

Farm to Plate Conference

Farm to Plate Conference

Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food System

Join us for an exciting 3-day event that will honor our ancestors, the land and local farmers. We will share knowledge and resources about food production, preparation and community-wide resilience strategies, and build sustainable campus/community relationships.

Through Keynote speakers, workshops, and engaging interactive events we will celebrate the vibrant food and farming culture of the region.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FARM TO PLATE WEB PAGE

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Got stuff to sell but hate sales? Think marketing is sleazy? Good news: the best marketing is all about storytelling and authenticity! Forget everything you learned from Mad Men and join us for two fun, creative, and interactive classes for farmers.

In Session One, farmer and marketing consultant Liz Pickard will explain the importance of brand identity, and lead the group through the process of developing a narrative that they can use to tell their farm business’ stories. We’ll also create marketing plans together, and troubleshoot some common dilemmas.

In Session Two of the class, Liz will take us through the process of developing the content for your marketing plan. We’ll talk about all the technical ins and outs of social media, photography, video, websites, fliers, logos, blogging, etc. The specific topics covered in part two will be determined by student interest.

At the end of the classes, participants will walk away with a business narrative, completed marketing plan, and the skills to put that plan into action.

The Farmer2Farmer Discussion series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers in the community.
Facilitators: Kate Cardona, Liz Pickard

About the Instructor

Liz Pickard is a marketing and communications consultant in the Finger Lakes area. Previous to her career in marketing, she spent ten years as a farm worker on a number of farms in the region, and doing various migrant farm work around the country. Liz is passionate about helping other aspiring farmers like herself tell their story with strategic digital and print marketing solutions. In her spare time, she likes to read agronomy text books, play old time music, and daydream about an agrarian revolution.

Please register for Farmer2Farmer using our Course Registration Form.

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses

Got stuff to sell but hate sales? Think marketing is sleazy? Good news: the best marketing is all about storytelling and authenticity! Forget everything you learned from Mad Men and join us for two fun, creative, and interactive classes for farmers.

In Session One, farmer and marketing consultant Liz Pickard will explain the importance of brand identity, and lead the group through the process of developing a narrative that they can use to tell their farm business’ stories. We’ll also create marketing plans together, and troubleshoot some common dilemmas.

In Session Two of the class, Liz will take us through the process of developing the content for your marketing plan. We’ll talk about all the technical ins and outs of social media, photography, video, websites, fliers, logos, blogging, etc. The specific topics covered in part two will be determined by student interest.

At the end of the classes, participants will walk away with a business narrative, completed marketing plan, and the skills to put that plan into action.

The Farmer2Farmer Discussion series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers in the community.
Facilitators: Kate Cardona, Liz Pickard

About the Instructor

Liz Pickard is a marketing and communications consultant in the Finger Lakes area. Previous to her career in marketing, she spent ten years as a farm worker on a number of farms in the region, and doing various migrant farm work around the country. Liz is passionate about helping other aspiring farmers like herself tell their story with strategic digital and print marketing solutions. In her spare time, she likes to read agronomy text books, play old time music, and daydream about an agrarian revolution.

Please register for Farmer2Farmer using our Course Registration Form.

Developing your Farm or Food Business

Developing your Farm or Food Business
This 5-session course is designed for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating for a few years and want to become more strategic, this course covers a variety of topics to help you assess and enhance the financial viability and social impacts of your business idea.

This course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.
  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.
  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.
  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.
  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.
  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools
  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.

Instructors: Leslie Ackerman, independent Business Consultant formerly with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Business Cents program; Matt LeRoux, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist; Monika Roth, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader; Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center Outreach and Program Coordinator; regional farm and food business entrepreneurs, other visiting experts  The course will be facilitated by Mary Kate Wheeler, Groundswell Center Board Member.

Location:  All classes will be held at the Just BeCause Center located at 1013 West State St. in Ithaca starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Fee: $150. Tuition assistance available; see contact info. below.

Registration: Register online or come by the Groundswell Center office, 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca.  Questions about the course, please contact farmfoodbiz@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.

Grafting & Pruning

Grafting & Pruning

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Part one of this hands on grafting class will cover theory behind propagation of apple, pear, and stone fruit. We will still discuss summer chip budding, top working, and bridge grafting.  Participants will learn how to do a dormant bench graft and leave with their very own grafted tree. Grafting knives will be available for use but please bring a knife if you have one.

Part two will focus on pruning, an art that takes many years to master. Students will learn some basic guidelines for where to start.  Many of the concepts for raising your freshly grafted trees also apply to bringing your old neglected orchard back into production.

While we will cover some theory, the majority of this class will take place in the orchard so dress accordingly! Please also bring a bag lunch.

About the instructors:

Greg Rothman has been working for Cummins Nursery since 2008, and in that time has propagated upwards of forty thousand fruit trees via chip budding and grafting.

Dustin Underwood has been managing orchards for close to ten years, which has included pruning, grafting, topworking, and spraying.

Developing your Farm or Food Business

Developing your Farm or Food Business
This 5-session course is designed for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating for a few years and want to become more strategic, this course covers a variety of topics to help you assess and enhance the financial viability and social impacts of your business idea.

This course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.
  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.
  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.
  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.
  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.
  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools
  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.

Instructors: Leslie Ackerman, independent Business Consultant formerly with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Business Cents program; Matt LeRoux, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist; Monika Roth, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader; Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center Outreach and Program Coordinator; regional farm and food business entrepreneurs, other visiting experts  The course will be facilitated by Mary Kate Wheeler, Groundswell Center Board Member.

Location:  All classes will be held at the Just BeCause Center located at 1013 West State St. in Ithaca starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Fee: $150. Tuition assistance available; see contact info. below.

Registration: Register online or come by the Groundswell Center office, 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca.  Questions about the course, please contact farmfoodbiz@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.

Developing your Farm or Food Business

Developing your Farm or Food Business
This 5-session course is designed for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating for a few years and want to become more strategic, this course covers a variety of topics to help you assess and enhance the financial viability and social impacts of your business idea.

This course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.
  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.
  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.
  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.
  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.
  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools
  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.

Instructors: Leslie Ackerman, independent Business Consultant formerly with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Business Cents program; Matt LeRoux, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist; Monika Roth, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader; Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center Outreach and Program Coordinator; regional farm and food business entrepreneurs, other visiting experts  The course will be facilitated by Mary Kate Wheeler, Groundswell Center Board Member.

Location:  All classes will be held at the Just BeCause Center located at 1013 West State St. in Ithaca starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Fee: $150. Tuition assistance available; see contact info. below.

Registration: Register online or come by the Groundswell Center office, 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca.  Questions about the course, please contact farmfoodbiz@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.

Developing your Farm or Food Business

Developing your Farm or Food Business
This 5-session course is designed for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating for a few years and want to become more strategic, this course covers a variety of topics to help you assess and enhance the financial viability and social impacts of your business idea.

This course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.
  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.
  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.
  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.
  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.
  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools
  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.

Instructors: Leslie Ackerman, independent Business Consultant formerly with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Business Cents program; Matt LeRoux, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist; Monika Roth, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader; Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center Outreach and Program Coordinator; regional farm and food business entrepreneurs, other visiting experts  The course will be facilitated by Mary Kate Wheeler, Groundswell Center Board Member.

Location:  All classes will be held at the Just BeCause Center located at 1013 West State St. in Ithaca starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Fee: $150. Tuition assistance available; see contact info. below.

Registration: Register online or come by the Groundswell Center office, 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca.  Questions about the course, please contact farmfoodbiz@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.

Developing your Farm or Food Business

Developing your Farm or Food Business
This 5-session course is designed for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating for a few years and want to become more strategic, this course covers a variety of topics to help you assess and enhance the financial viability and social impacts of your business idea.

This course covers:

  • The local farm and food sector including unmet needs, opportunities and niche markets.
  • Equity issues and justice in the food system including examples of realistic ways to approach these within the scope of your business model.
  • Experience from farm and food entrepreneurs about business startup and lessons learned.
  • Tools for business assessment, strategic planning, understanding liabilities and legalities.
  • Setting business goals and taking stock of resources and progress to date.
  • Accounting and financial planning concepts and tools
  • Develop a marketing plan and marketing channels.

Instructors: Leslie Ackerman, independent Business Consultant formerly with the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Business Cents program; Matt LeRoux, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist; Monika Roth, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader; Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center Outreach and Program Coordinator; regional farm and food business entrepreneurs, other visiting experts  The course will be facilitated by Mary Kate Wheeler, Groundswell Center Board Member.

Location:  All classes will be held at the Just BeCause Center located at 1013 West State St. in Ithaca starting at 6 PM until 9 PM.

Fee: $150. Tuition assistance available; see contact info. below.

Registration: Register online or come by the Groundswell Center office, 225 S Fulton Street, Ithaca.  Questions about the course, please contact farmfoodbiz@groundswellcenter.org or call 607-319-5095.

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Preparing for Wholesale

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Preparing for Wholesale

We will have Heather Sandford from The Piggery to discuss how to approach and manage wholesale customers. I will also speak about how to prepare for the Farmer & Buyer Speed Networking in Watkins Glen and review how to prepare an invoice. The new General Manager from Finger Lakes Fresh will also be there with an update.

The Farmer 2 Farmer series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and learn from other farmers with operations similar to yours. We are meeting at the Cornell Cooperative Ext. offices, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca.

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2016 Holiday Farmers’ Market at Press Bay Alley: Holiday Food & Gift Market

2016 Holiday Farmers’ Market at Press Bay Alley: Holiday Food & Gift Market

Stock up with amazing local food and gifts for the holiday! Vendors will be bringing meat, poultry, produce, baked goods, cheese, cider, wine, honey, jam, gifts and more!

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PARTICIPATING VENDORS:

Bottomland Farm
Crooked Carrot
Crosswinds Creamery
Good Life Farm
Heritage Haus Farm
Iron Owl Kitchen
Ithaca Honey Works
Laughing Goat Fiber Farm
Littletree Orchard
Mama Said Hand Pies
Muddy Fingers Farm
Nook & Cranny Farm/Little Red Farm Project
Park Hill Poultry
Roaming Root
Stone Horse Farm
Twin Cedar Farm
Van Galder Family Farm
Wellspring Forest Farm
Whale Cat Doughnuts
Windsong Farm
Wide Awake Bakery
WolfTree Farm
Youth Farm Project

Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 8

Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 8
Processing, Marketing and Health Benefits of Pasture-Raised Meats
We will be covering Processing, Marketing and Health Benefits of Pasture-Raised Meats with Matt LeRoux. These are important pieces to a successful meat business and should be a nice recap of the whole season. Note the location will be Groundswell Center offices, 225 S Fulton Street, next to Agway. There might even be some samples of meat there!
 
Also, please reflect on the whole series of courses and plan to bring your burning question to this session.  We will make time for questions you have and especially in relation to your own farm planning and grazing ventures.  

Tuition: $25

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Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 7

Grazing & Pasture Management – Class 7

My Grass Stopped Growing! Utilizing stockpiled pasture.  Angus Glen Farms, Watkins Glen, NY.

Topics Covered: Stockpiling, silvo-pasture, animal health, animal nutrition, fencing, animal shelter, logistics, supplementing with additional feed, late season watering.

Class Description: Once the grass stops growing it doesn’t mean you have to stop grazing.  Experience management strategies forprofitably extending the grazing that include stockpiling, bale grazing and silvopasturing.  Learn about late season management in relation to animal nutrition/health and fencing, watering, and shelter.

 

Presenter: Brett Chedzoy 

Tuition: $25

REGISTER HERE

Groundswell’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Groundswell’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Fall Harvest Celebration –  Swig a Cider (or 2) & Cheers to You!

Please note… due to unforeseen circumstances, the originally scheduled tour of 3 Stone Farm has been cancelled. However, please join us for FARM DRINKS from 3-5pm. Details below!

Farm Drinks: Swig a Cider and Cheers to You! 

3-5:00pm – @ Finger Lakes Cider House

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Farmers and Farm Devotees! We made it! Last summer gave us 4″ of rain in a few hours, but this season froze our fruit blossoms, drained our wells, dried out our ponds and parched our pastures. At least tomatoes were prolific.
Let’s Celebrate making it to the Fall!
Take a break and join each other, Groundswell and the Cider House for an end of season toast – to YOU!  Celebrate our triumphs, make predictions about how bad the winter is going to be, or just enjoy being amongst friends!