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June Workshop Highlight: Tractor Basics

Nine people came to the Groundswell Incubator Farm on June 16th to learn Tractor Basics, taught by Liz Pickard. People came from a variety of backgrounds- beginner farmers, viticulturists, new land owners, Incubator Farmers, and experienced farmers. Liz started the class by talking about tractor safety. Walking around Groundswell’s John Deere tractor from the early…

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We Stand with Immigrant Families

Here at Groundswell Center Local Food and Farming we have been devastated and outraged during the past weeks of the Trump Administration’s barbaric attack on immigrant families. We stand with all people crossing the border for safety and opportunity, and honor and acknowledge the incredible contributions that immigrants and refugees make in this country, including…

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From the Director: Our Leadership

The abundance of spring has arrived! Baby animals are weaned, CSA’s are underway for the year, and strawberries are ready for picking.  It’s an incredible time to be a Finger Lakes farmer and a local food system advocate and participant! Here at Groundswell Center, we’re well into an action-packed workshop and event season featuring some new topics including…

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The Word on Flerds …and Other Grazing Practices

This past Saturday Groundswell hosted a workshop on Multispecies Regenerative Grazing at the beautiful Shelterbelt Farm, led by farmer Erica Frenay. Shelterbelt’s “flerd” (a combination of a flock and a herd) of cows and sheep had just been put out to pasture for the season 2 days prior to the workshop, and it was the…

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Building Perennial Raised Beds

Participants arrived to the Building Permanent Raised Beds workshop, at the Incubator Farm and taught by Sean Dembroski of Edible Acres,  from as close as  Ecovillage and as far as Massachusetts. As we gathered, Sean quickly gathered some scrap wood and banged together an A-frame tool. Our goal as a class was to start with…

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Welcoming Adriana to Groundswell!

We’re thrilled to welcome Adriana Pickett-Becerra as the new Business Development & ESL Program Coordinator. Adriana’s role at Groundswell is multi-faceted.  She is available to provide individual one-to-one guidance to beginning farmers with business development, financial planning and navigating resource opportunities locally or Federally. She is also working closely with our community partners to develop…

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Groundswell Center Releases Equity Statement

Since Groundswell’s founding, a large part of our mission has revolved around the creation of an equitable local food system– one rooted in justice and fairness for all people, animals and the land. This year, we decided to articulate our commitment more deeply through the creation of an organizational Equity Statement. As we begin 2018, it feels…

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Gratitude and Remembrance

At Groundswell Center, our mission requires delving into the intersections of sustainable farming, justice and equity. We’re constantly exploring our role in this work, both as an organization and also individuals. The upcoming holiday centers on giving thanks, on gratitude, on abundant harvest – such a beautiful tradition. Yet, the holiday is also built upon…

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Farm Design Make-Over by Design Connect

Design Connect –  a multidisciplinary, student-run, community design organization based in Cornell University – has gathered a group of 14 students in a project team to develop and design the expansion of Groundswell’s Incubator Farm. These students, majoring in architecture, landscape architecture and other fields of relevance, aim to provide a functional and ecological architectural…

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