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The Learning Farm: Connecting Kids to the Land

Connecting children and families to the land is a primary goal of the Learning Farm. Based in Ithaca, the farm focuses on exposure to the outdoors and education about the natural world. It is also a juicery, and the Learning Farm Juicery grew out of a desire to see healthier juices on the market for…

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South Hill Cider: An A-peel-ing Addition

In 2014, Steve Selin and his family achieved their dream of owning their own estate cider orchard.  Now, the 5-acre South Hill Cider Orchard boasts 20 varieties of apples and 1,500 trees. Just this fall, South Hill Cider opened a new cider house and tasting room, located next to the orchard, and participated in Finger…

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What does the Green New Deal Mean for Justice & Farming?

The Green New Deal is increasingly becoming a hot topic in discussions about climate change.  Introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey earlier this year, the Green New Deal is a plan to fight climate change through moving away from fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the economy,…

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Northstar Farm: Starting Out Strong

At Northstar Farm, food goes straight from the field to people’s plates.  The farm grows produce based around Northstar House’s menu. The pub, located in Fall Creek, is supplied with a steady flow of fresh, organic food from the farm.  The pub has several co-owners, and Northstar Farm is located on one of the co-owner’s…

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Community Teach-in at the Gayogo̱hó:no (Cayuga) School House

On Wednesday, October 2nd, as part of the work Groundswell Center is involved in with the Finger Lakes Land Access Reconciliation and Reparations Working Group, a group of community members from the larger Ithaca Area drove the hour up the lakeside to join people from the Gayogo̱hó:no nation to create and cultivate community.  The day…

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Equitable Food Systems

Check out the final episode of Chasing the Dream, a look into equitable food systems and the work of Soul Fire Farm Natasha Thompson, host of the series and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Elizabeth Gabriel and Alexas Esposito from Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming. The episode concludes with a…

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Looking Back to Look Ahead

Groundswell is: “one of those visionary organizations that recognize that the legacy of 10,000 years of agrarian practice must be questioned and changed if we’re to sustain our climate, soil, air, water, and our aspirational democracy.” -Jay Smith, Equity and Accountability Committee 10 years of building an equitable and just food system in the Finger…

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Thank You for Celebrating Our 10th Year!

A Big Thank You to All Our Supporters Thank you to everyone who came to the Sunset Soirée last month for a beautiful evening filled with food, drinks, music, a chance auction and — most importantly — incredible company! Groundswell’s 10-year anniversary is an important milestone towards building a sustainable and just food system, and…

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Centering Equity at Groundswell Center – September FFJ Recap!

This month our Farming for Justice Discussion Group featured us here at Groundswell Center, speaking about  the work we’ve been doing around Equity in the organization. The presentation and discussion was recorded, which you can view here. In short, we center equity in our organization because that is the future of farming and a sustainable…

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