Learning to Farm the Land!

Blog by: Zian Bustamante, Groundswell Communications Intern As spring unfolds, so has the pilot Farmer Training Program! At the end of March, Groundswell launched the Farmer Training Program which facilitates connections between BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) aspiring farmers and the land. Over the course of the last month, the cohort spent time learning…

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Agriculture’s Lens for a Changing America

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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What does the Green New Deal Mean for Justice & Farming?

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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Community Teach-in at the Gayogo̱hó:no (Cayuga) School House

On Wednesday, October 2nd, as part of the work Groundswell Center is involved in with the Finger Lakes Land Access Reconciliation and Reparations Working Group, a group of community members from the larger Ithaca Area drove the hour up the lakeside to join people from the Gayogo̱hó:no nation to create and cultivate community.  The day…

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Seed-Saving: A Peaceful Resistance

On Sunday, September 8th, a group of folks convened at Bloodnick Farms, in Apalachin, NY to attend a workshop led by Lisa Bloodnick called “Seed-saving: A Peaceful Resistance”.  Luckily, the weather held out, although we learned that any amount of wind is helpful when threshing and winnowing some seeds. But before we get to the…

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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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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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