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Food Sovereignty

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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Instant Inspiration: Krystal Z

Krystal Zwiesineyi Chindori-Chininga is a senior International Agriculture and Rural Development Major at Cornell University. Originally from Zimbabwe, her experience with community agriculture organizing around the world has given her a unique perspective as the youngest member on Groundswell Center’s Equity & Accountability Committee. She also is currently working with our Director to draft new organizational Diversity and Equity…

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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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