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A cactus grows in Nichols, NY

This week, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and Rainbow Healing Center of America, LLC teamed up for a herb harvest at Kay’s Rare Cacti & Succulents in Nichols, NY. With the help of several volunteers, we harvested golden rod, raspberry leaves, burdock and other herbs to be dried for Rainbow Healing Center teas.…

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Groundswell honored for efforts to achieve triple bottom line

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming has been named the winner of the 2019 Community Food Funders (CFF) Champions Award! This prestigious award – given to one organization annually – was created to recognize leaders empowering food system change in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Seven funders in the Community Food Funders network, plus the 2018 winner Brooklyn-based East…

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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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