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From the Field: June CRAFT Tour at Westhaven

What were you doing this past Father’s Day? Well, whatever you were doing, just remember you missed out on CRAFT – West Haven where you could’ve been picking sweet, sweet strawberries… Sunday June 19, 2016 Now what is CRAFT? C.R.A.F.T., Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, is a cooperative model for sharing complementary farm training in…

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Q&A with Groundswell Board Member Mary Kate Wheeler: Climate Change, Water Access and Farming in Peru

Cornell graduate student and Groundswell Board Member Mary Kate Wheeler spent 6 months in 2015 working in Peru collaborating with a local nonprofit, CARE Perú, to conduct surveys with 500 households in the Shullcas River Watershed.  The region is rapidly changing due to climate change and that is having implications on food security and nutrition. Mary Kate…

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Faces of Groundswell: Erica Frenay, Trainee

By Ben Roosa In the six years since Shelterbelt’s inception, Erica and husband Craig Modisher have been working hard to establish the farm, build a home, and raise their children, all while maintaining off-farm jobs with the Cornell Small Farms Program and Ironwood Builders, respectively. However, Erica has still found time to take several Groundswell courses…

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Call to Action: Dig Deeper!

by Rafael Aponte, Outreach Coordinator With the summer almost upon us in the Finger Lakes, things are beginning to heat up, and the time for heavy lifting is here! During times of hard work I am inspired by the community gardeners I saw as a child in the South Bronx. These gardeners fought to reclaim…

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A Cutting Edge Return to Old Traditions: Farming with Draft Animal Power

New farmers, returning to old traditions and using cutting edge knowledge, learn to “think like a horse” and farm with draft animals. With the rising cost of fuel and farm equipment, more farmers are turning towards a centuries old tradition: farming with draft animals.  Even though farming with draft animals is a seven thousand year…

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Introducing New Groundswell Staff

Becca Rimmel, Education Program Manager Becca will be coordinating a number of Groundswell programs, including Finger Lakes CRAFT, Year-Round High Tunnels, Draft Animal Practicum, Finger Lakes Orchards Exchange, Cooperative Farming Network, and several other programs still being developed. Becca brings to Groundswell a passion for sustainable food systems, awesome organizing skills, and years of experience…

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Focus on Food Sovereignty

At one of our Groundswell Development meetings last month, the question came up: “What is Food Sovereignty?” We’d like to share with you the 6 food sovereignty principles which were drafted in 2007 at the International Forum for Food Sovereignty in Mali. Food sovereignty… 1. Focuses on Food for People: Food sovereignty stresses the right…

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New Americans, New Farmers: How immigrants and refugees are enriching the landscape

A New American farmer with Burlington, VT’s New Farms for New Americans by Susannah Spero Farms run by New Americans are thriving all over the United States. Fueled primarily by federal and state funding, New American agriculture programs offer immigrants and refugees opportunities to prosper from their agricultural skills while gaining valuable English language, marketing,…

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UN: Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems

From the United Nations:GENEVA (10 March 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. “The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an achievable goal.…

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Homestead Farmers and Gardeners Gathering July 28

Full Fat Farm Sunday July 28, 3 -5 PM This month’s Homesteaders Gathering will be on Sunday, July 28, 3:00 – 5:00 PM at the homestead of Valerie Hahn. The event is open to all Groundswell Members. Please register in advance to receive directions – see below. Valerie and her family live in a rustic,…

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