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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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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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Instant Inspiration: An Interview with Sara Sirois

Sara Sirois is the owner and operator of Georgic Farm located in beautiful Virgil, New York. This is Georgic Farm’s first operational year, mainly driven by CSA sales.  Sara’s journey into agriculture is one we can all relate to – and of course, be inspired by. A recent grad of Groundswell’s Grow Your Farm Business…

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Visit to the Cayuga Nation Farm

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the Cayuga Nation Farm, which is part of the Cayuga Nation Immersion School. In case you didn’t know – The Gayogohó:no, are the original people of the land that is now known as parts of the Eastern Finger Lakes Region, surrounding Cayuga Lake. Gayogohó:no, translates to “People…

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Beyond the Seed Bank: April Farming for Justice ReCap

“How might growing culturally-appropriate foods and saving their seeds deepen food justice work?,” This was the question posed by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds to Tuesday’s group of food activists in this month’s Farming for Justice Discussion. The conversation spanned from seed stories, the origin of Truelove Seeds, the importance of seed-keeping, to sharing some…

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Farm to People Panel Video

For February’s Farming for Justice Discussion, we heard from 4 panelists on ways regional farmers can GET PAID to provide fresh food to people experiencing food insecurity, specifically: school-age youth, those seeking emergency food via food pantries, and families with limited income. More about the speakers: Missy Knowles, Food Sourcing Manager, Food Bank of the…

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