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Posts by Elizabeth

A Groundswell of opportunities for beginning farmers!

December 14, 2018 The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement of the USDA awards Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming* $199,000 for the Project “Every Farmer at the Table: Expanding access and opportunity for underrepresented farmers in Central New York.” This funding enables Groundswell Center to continue to provide their comprehensive suite of technical…

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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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Farmer Interview : Evangeline Sarat talks Living Wages

Sweetland Farm, in Trumansburg, NY has been in operation for 10 years. In 2015 owner/farmer Evangeline Sarat decided to start paying  her employees a living wage. Groundswell Director Elizabeth Gabriel sat down with Evangeline to talk about how she came to the decision to offer living wages, and how she is making it work on her farm.  …

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From the Director April 2016: Living Wages & Sustainable Outcomes

Greetings Groundswell friends, farmers and supporters, The minimum wage increase signed into law this week by Governor Cuomo is big news for all New York State businesses and employees – including farms. The bill states that there will be an increase in the minimum wage in upstate NY to $12.50 (over five years), ​while in…

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From the Director: March 2016

It’s been a busy and exciting first month since I have begun working as new Director of Groundswell. I’ve met with community members, farmers, and partner organizations in order to build and maintain relationships that Joanna and the Groundswell staff have cultivated over the years. Fortunately, Joanna has been generous with both time and energy, enabling us…

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