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Harmful Algal Blooms and Our Water.

As farmers and land-dwellers, our livelihoods are directly and intimately affected by water. Of course, as humans, we know our life depends on it, as well. But as land-stewards, it is important that we regularly assess how we treat the soil, because our livelihood depends on it as well.  Land use and its effects intersect…

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An Evening at Rocky Acres Community Farm

This month, we moved our Farm Tour and Volunteer Night to Rocky Acres Community Farm, run and owned by Rafael Aponte, in Freeville, NY. It was a fun filled evening, acquainting ourselves with some newly re-homed turkeys! Norman, the most sociable of them, enjoyed walking with the volunteer group. Did you know that in some…

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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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Farming for Justice: June – Equitable Food Access

Last week at Groundswell Center was a busy week! After returning from the Big Apple, we immediately jumped into other events that all happened within one weeks span of time. Our Farming for Justice Discussion on Tuesday morning was great, if you weren’t tuned in. We had a panel consisting of members of VINES Farm…

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Intro to Carpentry Recap!

Last week we also had our Women On the Land: Intro to Carpentry workshop, with Maria Klemperer-Johnson from Hammerstone School. It. Was. A. Blast!  We worked towards finishing the end-walls of the structure built during last years workshop. We worked on our circular saw skills, measuring skills, even some small framing jobs and other basic…

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Women on the Land: Intro to Torch Welding Recap

On Saturday, May 18 the Incubator farm was bustling! It was the first dry and sunny Saturday of the season, and around 25 farmers were coming and going to till and plant their fields. Besides this normal farm activity, 10 women gathered to learn an Introduction to Torch Welding, taught by Monica Burke, local welder…

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FLX Land Reconciliation and Reparations Community Potluck Recap!

It is an honor to share space with other individuals in the community to discuss land access, reconciliation, reparations and rematriation. Groundswell Center, if you don’t know already, is part of the Finger Lakes Land Reconciliation and Reparations Working Group, comprised of other individuals representing other local organizations: The Youth Farm Project, Rocky Acres Community…

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The 2017 Ag-Census, and You.

The San Diego Food System Alliance put out a brief article, that begins by succinctly describing the 2017 Ag-Census, and why its now 2019 and we’re only talking about it now: “This is an 820-page report that boasts 6.4 million new points of data about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them. You…

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