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Food Justice

We Stand with Immigrant Families

Here at Groundswell Center Local Food and Farming we have been devastated and outraged during the past weeks of the Trump Administration’s barbaric attack on immigrant families. We stand with all people crossing the border for safety and opportunity, and honor and acknowledge the incredible contributions that immigrants and refugees make in this country, including…

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Groundswell Center Releases Equity Statement

Since Groundswell’s founding, a large part of our mission has revolved around the creation of an equitable local food system– one rooted in justice and fairness for all people, animals and the land. This year, we decided to articulate our commitment more deeply through the creation of an organizational Equity Statement. As we begin 2018, it feels…

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Milk Cows, Not Workers: An Ithaca Forum on the “Milked” Report

It’s lunchtime right now in the Groundswell office, and I’m enjoying a Black Cherry Chobani yogurt. My mind immediately goes to the panel of dairy farmworkers who spoke in Ithaca on Monday night, sharing their experiences and the findings outlined in the 2017 Milked Report*. The report from the Workers’ Center of Central New York…

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Farm to Plate Conference Re-Cap

Farm to Plate Conference 2017: Uniting for a Just and Sustainable Food System By Kate Cardona, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming Photo Slide Show Below As farmer and educator Damon Brangman reflected on the many food and agriculture conferences he has attended around the country, he realized last fall that Ithaca, NY, with…

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The Just Food Conference 2017: A Call to Collaboration

On March 12th and 13th I attended the Just Food Conference in NYC. It was exciting to reconnect with the Just Food community, as I spent much of 2012 as an intern with their Farm School NYC program. Just Food has always inspired me with their commitment to lifting up the leadership and capacity of…

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Groundswell goes to Soul Fire Farm

This fall the staff of Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming along with Ithaca community members took a day trip to Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, NY, a “family farm committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system”. Soul Fire is farmed by a mixed race family who grow vegetables and…

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Farmer Interview : Evangeline Sarat talks Living Wages

Sweetland Farm, in Trumansburg, NY has been in operation for 10 years. In 2015 owner/farmer Evangeline Sarat decided to start paying  her employees a living wage. Groundswell Director Elizabeth Gabriel sat down with Evangeline to talk about how she came to the decision to offer living wages, and how she is making it work on her farm.  …

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