by Gail Patrice Lockert Anthony Agriculture in Africa began about 7000 BC in Central Africa and approximately 5200 BC in the Sahara (the Sahara had a much different biome then). Black and Brown communities have farmed, gardened, and produced their own food for millennia. We understood the land and tools and growing cycles. We understood…

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On June 24, Community Food Funders partnered with Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming to host Centering Racial Equity in your Organization or Foundation. Natalie Hughes, Development Manager, and Patrice Lockert Anthony, Interim Executive Director of Groundswell Center, shared Groundswell’s process of centering racial equity and anti-racist principles into their agricultural organization, and discussed how…

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Systemic racism, and specifically anti-Black racism, is institutionalized in every part of society, from education to health care to food systems. Understanding where we are—and how we got here—is an important place to start in the ongoing fight for Black lives.

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A conversation about food systems is a conversation about racial equity.  As we fight for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, we are painfully aware of so many others from the Black community who have been killed by police, unjustly detained, and are disproportionately ill from covid-19 due to employment and systemic…

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A Care Guide for Everyday Hand Tools Join Double T and Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming for this tutorial on cleaning, maintaining, and caring for hand tools. Whether you are a homesteader or farmer, maintaining tools will ensure longevity of your equipment and increase efficiency of use. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This video was designed for…

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Interim Leadership and the Groundswell team are working closely with farmers and partners to stay informed and up-to-date as coronavirus developments and responses unfold. The following links contain safety information, farm business grant and loan opportunities, and no-contact farm product sale opportunities. Meeting slides and Local Farmer Input During Groundswells COVID-19 Farmer Meet Up Organizational Resources:…

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Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is committed to supporting farmers, food system workers, community members, and especially those most vulnerable during this trying time. We’re undergoing a double transition: adapting to digital alternatives during the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting new Interim leadership. Welcoming Interim Leaders. Groundswell Executive Director, Elizabeth Gabriel, gave birth to…

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This January, we welcomed Ariana Taylor-Stanley, Northeast Regional Organizer for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, to inform us about Federal Farm Program Access, specifically for farmers of color, and other historically marginalized groups. It was an incredible informative session about USDA programs, like EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) or CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program). These are…

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