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From the Director: Our Leadership

The abundance of spring has arrived! Baby animals are weaned, CSA’s are underway for the year, and strawberries are ready for picking.  It’s an incredible time to be a Finger Lakes farmer and a local food system advocate and participant! Here at Groundswell Center, we’re well into an action-packed workshop and event season featuring some new topics 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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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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Welcoming Adriana to Groundswell!

We’re thrilled to welcome Adriana Pickett-Becerra as the new Business Development & ESL Program Coordinator. Adriana’s role at Groundswell is multi-faceted.  She is available to provide individual one-to-one guidance to beginning farmers with business development, financial planning and navigating resource opportunities locally or Federally. She is also working closely with our community partners to develop…

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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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Gratitude and Remembrance

At Groundswell Center, our mission requires delving into the intersections of sustainable farming, justice and equity. We’re constantly exploring our role in this work, both as an organization and also individuals. The upcoming holiday centers on giving thanks, on gratitude, on abundant harvest – such a beautiful tradition. Yet, the holiday is also built upon…

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Farm Design Make-Over by Design Connect

Design Connect –  a multidisciplinary, student-run, community design organization based in Cornell University – has gathered a group of 14 students in a project team to develop and design the expansion of Groundswell’s Incubator Farm. These students, majoring in architecture, landscape architecture and other fields of relevance, aim to provide a functional and ecological architectural…

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High School Students from Japan Kick-Off Fall Volunteer Project

Entering the Frog Common House at Ecovillage last weekend, the room was abuzz with chatter- in Japanese! Forty Japanese students were visiting Ithaca from Izumigaoka High School in Kanazawa, and spent the morning volunteering in different tasks around Ecovillage.  How fortunate we were that Groundswell could be a volunteer site!   Our task for the…

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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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