In Radicalize the Hive we outlined what honey bees, a “super-organism”, can teach us about building generative social systems.  The work includes discussion on building collaborative groups or communities through setting group terms, sharing power, building collective understanding, and shaping consensus while being compassionate with ourselves. In this discussion we explored the ways we can…

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by Gail Patrice Lockert Anthony Agriculture in Africa began about 7000 BC in Central Africa and approximately 5200 BC in the Sahara (the Sahara had a much different biome then). Black and Brown communities have farmed, gardened, and produced their own food for millennia. We understood the land and tools and growing cycles. We understood…

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On June 24, Community Food Funders partnered with Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming to host Centering Racial Equity in your Organization or Foundation. Natalie Hughes, Development Manager, and Patrice Lockert Anthony, Interim Executive Director of Groundswell Center, shared Groundswell’s process of centering racial equity and anti-racist principles into their agricultural organization, and discussed how…

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A conversation about food systems is a conversation about racial equity.  As we fight for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, we are painfully aware of so many others from the Black community who have been killed by police, unjustly detained, and are disproportionately ill from covid-19 due to employment and systemic…

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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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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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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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This month our Farming for Justice Discussion Group featured us here at Groundswell Center, speaking about  the work we’ve been doing around Equity in the organization. The presentation and discussion was recorded, which you can view here. In short, we center equity in our organization because that is the future of farming and a sustainable…

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