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Food Sovereignty

Gratitude and Remembrance

At Groundswell Center, our mission requires delving into the intersections of sustainable farming, justice and equity. We’re constantly exploring our role in this work, both as an organization and also individuals. The upcoming holiday centers on giving thanks, on gratitude, on abundant harvest – such a beautiful tradition. Yet, the holiday is also built upon…

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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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October From the Director

Natasha Bowens’ keynote address at the 2015 Food Justice Fair gave us all a lot to think about. The author of The Color of Food, Bowens talked about the legacy of discrimination and land loss among black farmers, but also about the continuing legacy of innovation, cooperation, and earth stewardship among today’s farmers of color.…

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2015 Binghamton Food Justice Tour

Over 20 people from the central NY region participated in a September “Food Justice Study Tour” organized by Groundswell and hosted by VINES – Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments – in Binghamton. VINES is doing amazing work on multiple fronts – check out our photo album below.   [metaslider id=2407]

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Social Justice, Inclusion and Accountability

At Groundswell we talk a lot about social justice, food sovereignty, inclusion and equity. We participate in all sorts of community initiatives that share the vision of a more equitable food system. But are we really making any kind of difference, in the world or even within our own organization? I have often claimed that,…

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Coming Soon: A Food Policy Council for Tompkins County

Citizens are encouraged to help shape local food policy We all eat. A lot of us love to eat local. We care deeply about the food we eat and the farmers who grow it. But most of us tend to ignore an important piece of our food system – the policy piece. That’s in spite…

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