Groundswell Story: Alison Smith

Alison came to Ithaca to find her place in our farm community, specifically for flowers. After apprenticing at Littleflowers Farm for the tail end of last season, she joined Groundswell’s Incubator Farm to pursue her own cut flower business. How did you get started with Groundswell’s Incubator Farm program? I had been farming veggies but…

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Incubator Highlight: Paw Pha

Meet one of our returning Incubator Farmers: Paw Pha   Paw started farming at the Incubator in 2015, operating a ¼ acre, and growing lots of Gongura (Roselle) and other traditional Burmese vegetables, including Watercress, Thai hot peppers, Lemon Cucumber, Long Beans, pumpkins, and Japanese eggplant.  as well as garlic, spring onions, and tomatoes. In 2015 he started traveling to…

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Groundswell’s Incubator Farm is full for 2017!

Groundswell is pleased to announce that our Incubator Farm is full for 2017! In 2016, we graduated our first farmer, Surik Mehrabyan after 4 years in our program. This created space for several new farmers to join for the upcoming season. These new farmers include: Alison Smith (Wild Air Flower Farm), Taylor Shuler (Herbs, medicinals, niche value-added products),…

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Help advocate for young farmers: Take the National Young Farmer Survey

Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly. It is crucial that the survey results…

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Cornell Small Farms Announces Support For Shiitake Viability Development

  The Cornell Small Farms Program announces a new two-year project funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to support the development of a new niche crop in New York state; log-grown shiitake mushrooms. Interested farmers and service providers can learn more and sign up for updates here. Research and development at Cornell over the…

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Instant Inspiration: Silas Conroy

Silas Conroy Owner, Crooked Carrot & Whalecat Doughnuts I’m Silas Conroy, co-founder and owner of the Crooked Carrot–a local foods processor here in Ithaca, NY. I studied Engineering Science at Penn State before falling in love with food and food system issues. I spent the first 5 years of my 20s in a self-styled apprenticeship…

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Instant Inspiration: Shoshana Perrey

Shoshana Devra Perrey Owner & Chef, Liberation Supper Club I am an artist, chef, gardener and graduate researcher with a focus on food, farming and cuisine. I’m fascinated by peoples’ stories and experiences that connect their daily lives and work to a particular place, especially those who work the land or craft objects from locally-sourced…

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Instant Inspiration: Kate Cardona

Kate Cardona Community Program Coordinator, Groundswell Center Kate is Groundswell’s newest staff member, and will be serving as our Community Program Coordinator. We thought our inaugural edition of this series would give you a bit of an introduction to Kate! Kate in her own words: I’m originally from Brooklyn and carry a big piece of it…

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On the recent events in MN and LA…

Here at Groundswell our hearts are heavy this morning with the pain of the murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minneapolis at the hands of the police. We are saddened, disheartened and angry along with so many in our community near and far. We send love and solidarity to the families…

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Incubator Update: A new hoop house for the wash station!

We are excited to say that the Incubator Farm now has a fantastic new hoop house that will soon house our farm wash station. Here our farmers will be able to wash all of their produce before it is taken to the Walk-In cooler that will be built later this spring. Having this new wash…

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