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June Workshop Highlight: Tractor Basics

Nine people came to the Groundswell Incubator Farm on June 16th to learn Tractor Basics, taught by Liz Pickard. People came from a variety of backgrounds- beginner farmers, viticulturists, new land owners, Incubator Farmers, and experienced farmers. Liz started the class by talking about tractor safety. Walking around Groundswell’s John Deere tractor from the early…

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We Stand with Immigrant Families

Here at Groundswell Center Local Food and Farming we have been devastated and outraged during the past weeks of the Trump Administration’s barbaric attack on immigrant families. We stand with all people crossing the border for safety and opportunity, and honor and acknowledge the incredible contributions that immigrants and refugees make in this country, including…

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The Word on Flerds …and Other Grazing Practices

This past Saturday Groundswell hosted a workshop on Multispecies Regenerative Grazing at the beautiful Shelterbelt Farm, led by farmer Erica Frenay. Shelterbelt’s “flerd” (a combination of a flock and a herd) of cows and sheep had just been put out to pasture for the season 2 days prior to the workshop, and it was the…

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Groundswell Center Releases Equity Statement

Since Groundswell’s founding, a large part of our mission has revolved around the creation of an equitable local food system– one rooted in justice and fairness for all people, animals and the land. This year, we decided to articulate our commitment more deeply through the creation of an organizational Equity Statement. As we begin 2018, it feels…

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Milk Cows, Not Workers: An Ithaca Forum on the “Milked” Report

It’s lunchtime right now in the Groundswell office, and I’m enjoying a Black Cherry Chobani yogurt. My mind immediately goes to the panel of dairy farmworkers who spoke in Ithaca on Monday night, sharing their experiences and the findings outlined in the 2017 Milked Report*. The report from the Workers’ Center of Central New York…

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Farm to Plate Conference Re-Cap

Farm to Plate Conference 2017: Uniting for a Just and Sustainable Food System By Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming Photo Slide Show Below As farmer and educator Damon Brangman reflected on the many food and agriculture conferences he has attended around the country, he realized last fall that Ithaca, NY, with…

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The Just Food Conference 2017: A Call to Collaboration

On March 12th and 13th I attended the Just Food Conference in NYC. It was exciting to reconnect with the Just Food community, as I spent much of 2012 as an intern with their Farm School NYC program. Just Food has always inspired me with their commitment to lifting up the leadership and capacity of…

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Grafting and Pruning in the February Sun at Indian Creek Farm

By Kate Cardona, Groundswell Equity, Outreach and Course Coordinator On Saturday, February 18th Groundswell hosted a Grafting and Pruning Workshop at Indian Creek Farm! It was a strange, gorgeous 60 degree and sunny February day, and we were glad to spend much of it outside getting hands-on experience with tree pruning. The workshop began with…

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Groundswell goes to Soul Fire Farm

This fall the staff of Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming along with Ithaca community members took a day trip to Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, NY, a “family farm committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system”. Soul Fire is farmed by a mixed race family who grow vegetables and…

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