Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is committed to supporting farmers, food system workers, community members, and especially those most vulnerable during this trying time. We’re undergoing a double transition: adapting to digital alternatives during the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting new Interim leadership. Welcoming Interim Leaders. Groundswell Executive Director, Elizabeth Gabriel, gave birth to…

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This January, we welcomed Ariana Taylor-Stanley, Northeast Regional Organizer for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, to inform us about Federal Farm Program Access, specifically for farmers of color, and other historically marginalized groups. It was an incredible informative session about USDA programs, like EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) or CSP (Conservation Stewardship Program). These are…

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We’re excited to have Giavanna join the Groundswell team as Programs Manager! We asked her a few questions to learn more about her: What brought you to farming? When I began farming it was completely new to me. I learned very little about agriculture and the food system growing up, and had very little connection to…

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Connecting children and families to the land is a primary goal of the Learning Farm. Based in Ithaca, the farm focuses on exposure to the outdoors and education about the natural world. It is also a juicery, and the Learning Farm Juicery grew out of a desire to see healthier juices on the market for…

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In 2014, Steve Selin and his family achieved their dream of owning their own estate cider orchard.  Now, the 5-acre South Hill Cider Orchard boasts 20 varieties of apples and 1,500 trees. Just this fall, South Hill Cider opened a new cider house and tasting room, located next to the orchard, and participated in Finger…

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The Green New Deal is increasingly becoming a hot topic in discussions about climate change.  Introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey earlier this year, the Green New Deal is a plan to fight climate change through moving away from fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the economy,…

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