Caring for the Farm Body


Date: Saturday August 13th

Time: 11a-2pm

Location: Groundswell Incubator Farm, 24 Helens Way, Ithaca, NY 14850 (TCAT 20 bus line)

Description: In this farmer self care workshop, we’ll learn from herbalist Juliana and doctor of physical therapy Kimberly as they instruct in farmwork focused techniques to manage muscular aches/pains and reduce the risk of injury. Topics will include:

  • Ergonomic principles of body care and injury prevention
  • Shoulder, neck, and upper back self massage techniques including use of massage tools and salves
  • Stretches to release commonly overused muscle groups
  • Herbal salve making skillshare led by Juliana

Everyone will leave this workshop with a homemade herbal salve and a small massage tool!

Please note that this workshop is grounded in general wellness education. It does not consist of treatment of any participant’s individual condition. Without a thorough evaluation and medical history, it’s not possible to provide safe, effective treatment for specific ailments. Instructors will tailor the workshop to participant interests and offer their expertise within these limitations.

Instructors: herbalist Juliana Quaresma and physical therapist Kimberly Wiman

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Food: We’ll provide a light lunch (tamales and salad, gluten free) and invite you to bring a dish or drink to share, though it's not at all required.

Childcare: We’re happy to offer childcare  for a limited number of children ages 4+. The play-based children’s program will be led by Yoshiko Hogg and consist of a nature walk or a learning activity related to food. Please indicate if you need childcare in the registration form, and we will be in touch to confirm if we can accommodate your child(ren).

Transportation: We'll facilitate carpooling between participants. Additionally, the TCAT 20 bus to Enfield is a 25 minute ride from downtown Ithaca to the entrance of Ecovillage. From the entrance of Ecovillage it's a 10 minute walk to the Incubator Farm.

What to bring: your own plate and utensils, water bottle, clothing that’s comfortable to move around in

We’ll supply: salvemaking materials, herbs, lacrosse balls for self massage

Access needs: this class will be held at an outdoor area and open air small barn, rain or shine. The barn is reached by uneven and possibly muddy terrain, about 100’ from the parking area. There will be seating, drinking water, a sink for washing dishes, and ungendered port-a-potties as bathrooms. Please let us know in the registration form if you have specific access needs.


Sliding scale fee, $0-40:

Consider paying option 1 (free) if you...

Identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color
have difficulty affording your basic needs such as food, transportation, medical care, and childcare, and/or don’t always manage to meet these needs
are unemployed or have a low income
receive public assistance

Consider paying option 2 (reduced fee, $15) if you...

can typically afford your basic needs but have little expendable income or savings
have significant debt or medical expenses not covered by insurance
are supporting children or have other dependents
are a senior on a limited, fixed income

Consider paying option 3 (full fee, $35) or 4 (full fee + donation, $40) if you...

can comfortably and consistently afford your basic needs
own the home you live in
have personal savings, investments, retirement accounts, or inherited wealth
travel recreationally
have access to family money and resources in times of need
have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, we ask you to recognize this as a choice
would like to contribute towards programs at Groundswell including supporting costs of childcare, transportation, interpretation, and sliding scale options

COVID-19: In prioritizing health and safety during the pandemic, this workshop may require health precautions such as mask wearing or rapid testing on site, and may be cancelled or rescheduled in case of concerns related to COVID-19, in which case any payments will be refunded. This workshop will be held in an outdoor space and open air small barn.

Cancellation policy: As we organize workshops that coordinate childcare providers, transportation, and meals for the group, we ask that you respect the efforts and schedules of the team of people involved by communicating promptly if your plans/circumstances have changed and you need to cancel. Cancellations within 72 hours of the workshop will not be provided a refund except in cases of medical, COVID-19 related, or other serious circumstances. Thank you for your understanding!

If you have any questions please email with the subject line Caring for the Farm Body.