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New Matched Savings Program!

Ithaca, NY– Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is offering an Ag-Individual Development Account (IDA) Matched Savings Program, in collaboration with Alternatives Federal Credit Union (AFCU). Groundswell Center’s Ag-IDA program offers a 3:1 match on savings from $250-$1,000 over 7-13 months to individuals from marginalized groups looking to start-up or expand an agricultural business.…

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Best Wishes, Adriana!

We’d like to thank Adriana Pickett Becerra for her dedication and hard work at Groundswell Center over the past year. Although she was only hired for a one-year contract, she feels like one of the Groundswell family! Her contributions have had such a meaningful impact on Groundswell; she navigated pathways for farm business support, developed…

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Cultural Appropriation and Food Resources

Groundswell Center was honored to welcome Patrice Lockert Anthony, President of Greenstar Cooperative Market , Owner  of A Writer’s Alchemy, and social provocateur to facilitate a two-part discussion on Cultural Appropriation and Food as part of the Farming for Justice Series. What is the difference between cultural exchange, appreciation, and appropriation? This question comes up when talking about clothing, hairstyles, food,…

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Newest grower at Incubator Farm has flourishing first season

Interview and article by: Nico Hirscl, Cornell University William Htoo is the newest farmer at Groundswell Center’s Farm Business Incubator Program, and just completed his first growing season. William is a refugee from Burma (also known as Myanmar) and came to Ithaca, NY in 2011. William and I sat down to have a conversation about…

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IWR Community Picnic Was a Success!

This July, Groundswell teamed up with Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) to host their annual Community Picnic at the Incubator Farm! In spite of the heat (close to 90 degrees and humid), there was a great turnout, and people came and seemed to stay for awhile.  There was incredible live music,  games for children, water balloons…. and…

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Flowersmith Farm CSA Begins!

Alison of Flowersmith Farm, an Incubator Farm-based business, hosted her first CSA pickup of the season yesterday! She’s looking forward to sharing her flowers with this awesomely supportive community ✨If you’re still interested in signing up – there’s 4 weeks left! She makes stunning wedding and event arrangements too. Contact her to get these lovely blooms…

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Paw’s Veggie Farm at Market

Come visit Incubator Farmers, Paw Pha and Poe Htoo, at the Farmers Market! Paw’s Veggie Farm Wednesdays 4-7pm East Hill Plaza Farmers Market 380 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca Fresh, Sustainably-grown Asian Vegetables

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Ability in Bloom Flower Cart

Successful first day for the Ability in Bloom flower cart on the commons over the weekend!! Stop by next time for fresh-cut flowers and greeting cards from growers and artists at Challenge Workforce Solutions. The cart will regularly be located in front of Taste of Thai on the Commons around lunchtime this summer. We love to see growers…

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Building Perennial Raised Beds

Participants arrived to the Building Permanent Raised Beds workshop, at the Incubator Farm and taught by Sean Dembroski of Edible Acres,  from as close as  Ecovillage and as far as Massachusetts. As we gathered, Sean quickly gathered some scrap wood and banged together an A-frame tool. Our goal as a class was to start with…

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