Groundswell empowers people from diverse backgrounds with skills, knowledge, and access to resources, so we can work together to build a more just, sustainable food system.

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is training the next generation of sustainable farmers in the Finger Lakes. We support individuals to develop agricultural skills and grow profitable, equitable and ecologically sound farm businesses. We work to dismantle racism in the food system by addressing inequalities in access to land and resources and prioritizing support for underrepresented producers including people of color, refugees, women and individuals with limited resources.

Guided by our commitment to a just and sustainable food system, our programming is led by farmers and mentors active in food, farming or social justice. By empowering people with skills, knowledge, and access to resources, together we can build a more diverse, equitable food system that enriches the environment and increases biodiversity. Learn more about us in our most recent Annual Report.


We Support Beginning growers

Our Farm Business Planning Courses and One-to-One Guidance help new farmers set goals, find markets and plan for profit.


We Create affordable land access

Our Incubator Farm Program makes it easier to start farming by supplying equipment, training, resources and land just 3-miles from Ithaca.


We collaborate for food justice

Through our Farming for Justice Group and community events, we partner with organizations led by people of color to address injustices in the food system.


We FOSTER sustainable farming

Our hands-on Workshops highlight techniques that improve soil health, conserve water and promote land regeneration.


We educate for success

Our multi-level Programs help farmers increase production yields, explore new enterprises or connect with a mentor.

“Revolution is based on land. Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality…”

- Malcolm X.