At the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, we believe in the right of all people to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound methods. And we believe in food justice and equity – the right of people and communities to control their own food and agriculture systems.
Groundswell Center offers affordable courses, training programs, land access, and one-on-one consultations for growers and food producers. We work to dismantle racism in the food system by integrating topics of equity and justice in all of our programming and prioritizing support for refugees and underrepresented producers. 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.
Our mission is to engage diverse learners and empower them with skills, knowledge and access to resources, so they can build sustainable land-based livelihoods and equitable local food systems. We help people become successful small-scale farmers and homestead food producers through practical, on-farm training. Our peer-to-peer networks build community and foster skills-sharing among farmers, homesteaders and “food citizens.”
Groundswell’s Incubator Farm is the first of its kind in New York State, creating pathways to ownership for aspiring farmers from marginalized communities, including people of color, refugees and other new Americans, and veterans. We provide land, equipment, training and mentoring for three years, so that participants can launch their farm businesses with minimal investment and risk.
Programs & Courses
Groundswell offers a variety of programs, courses and special events that bring awareness to local food and farming, educate beginning farmers, and offer ongoing assistance to those who are farmers and food producers in our region.
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.
The Groundswell Center’s programs are developed in close collaboration with a group of outstanding small-scale farmers with a passion for education. Dedicated to the principles and practices of sustainable farming, these Partner Farms provide our outdoor classrooms and hands-on instruction in everything from business planning to pasturing poultry, to farming with draft animals, to urban farming. Our 2017 Partner Farms include Good Life Farm, Kingbird Farm, Main Street Farms, Northland Sheep Dairy, Plowbreak Farm, Tree Gate Farm and West Haven Farm.
Please support our work!
Groundswell depends on the generous contributions of individual and business contributors. Your tax deductible donation to Groundswell is an investment in the future. You can help us build a locally controlled food system, in which all community members have access to economic opportunities in the food system, and to healthful and affordable local foods.
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA) CTA, an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is legally and financially responsible for all our project activities which accepts all funds on our behalf. Please makes checks out to the CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION, with Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming in the memo line.