Groundswell offers hands-on experiential education in agriculture and food justice for anyone interested in learning more about farming and the local food system in the Finger Lakes region. We have designed courses that are appropriate for people at all levels, from just starting out, to those who have been farming for as many as 10 years or more.

2017 Upcoming Workshops

Agriculture and Climate Change REGISTER  •  PAY
Instructors: Mike Biltonen, Jay Smith
Date: Sat, October 21 • 10am-3:00pm
Location: TBD location in Ithaca, NY
Fee: $25-$50 sliding scale
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NOFA Field Day – Equipment Tutorial for Small Farms REGISTER 
Instructors: Sandra Wayman, Fay Benson
Date: Weds, September 13 • 6pm-8pm
Location: Remembrance Farm, T-burg
Fee: $15. View details


2017 Past Workshops

Grafting & Pruning • REGISTER
Instructors: Greg Rothman & Dustin Underwood
Date: Sat, February 18th • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Indian Creek Farm
Fee: $40. View details

Farming 101 • REGISTER
Instructor: Monika Roth & regional farmers
Date: Sat, March 11 • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Chemung County Fairgrounds
Fee: $15-$25. View details

Farming 101 • REGISTER
Instructor: Monika Roth & regional farmers
Date: Sat, March 18 • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: CCE – Tioga
Fee: $15-$25. View details

Brand Identity and Narrative Development for Farm and Food Businesses
Facilitators: Liz Pickard, Kate Cardona
Date: March 22, 2017 • 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Groundswell Office
225 Fulton St, Ithaca

Undoing Racism 
Faciliators: PISB staff
Date: April 6 – April 8
Location: Ithaca, NY
Fee: $350  ($175 non-profit)


Five Steps to Fair Farming
Facilitators: Liz Henderson, Kate Cardona
Date: April 19, 2017 • 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Groundswell Office
225 Fulton St, Ithaca NY


Scything: Prepare to Mow – Sharpening & Peening
Instructor: Jeromy Biazzo
Date: Sat, May 20th •  9am-2pm
Location: Groundswell’s Incubator Farm
Fee: $30 (+ $65 matierals fee). View details


Spring Meadows Farm Tour with a Focus on Oxen Handling 
Facilitators: Kate Cardona, Andy Lyon
Date: Sat, June 10 • 10am-12:30pm
Location: Spring Meadows Farm
Fee: $10. View details


Field Tour: Bees in the Trees “The Woody Perennials That Support Wild Pollinators” 
Facilitator: Kass Urban-Mead
Date: Wed, June 14 • 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Groundswell Incubator Farm
Fee: $10. View details


Scything: Make a Scythe & Learn to Mow  
Instructor: Jeromy Biazzo
Date: Saturday, July 8th • 9am-2pm
Location: Groundswell’s Incubator Farm
Fee: $50 (+ $90 materials fee). View details


NOFA Field Day – Common Ground: Discovering Weeds, Soil Health, and Diversity 
Instructors: Sandra Wayman, Fay Benson
Date: Saturday, August 5 • 3pm-5:30pm
Location: Groundswell’s Incubator Farm
Fee: $15. View details


Groundswell’s New Farmer Training Programs are supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program under grant #11674923.