Small Farmers Join Together

In 2020, Groundswell teamed up with a regional organization, Headwater Food Hub, to connect more buyers to local farmers. Groundswell Incubator Farmers also collaborated to grow a few select crops for the Full Plate Farm Collective CSA (weekly veggie subscription). Groundswell served as an intermediary between distributors and farmers, working closely with small farmers to…

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Incubator Farm Virtual Tour

Join Groundswell staff and farmers as we tour the Groundswell Incubator Farm in Ithaca, NY. Filmed, edited, and produced by Cornell University Student, Emma Smith.

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Season Recap: What’s been up at the Incubator Farm?

The Incubator Farm, a ten minute drive from downtown Ithaca, is home to 11 farm businesses. These businesses, run through the efforts of approximately 30 farmers, are owned by majority ethnic Karen (kuh-REN) refugees from Burma growing Southeast Asian vegetables. The farm is also home to a workforce development program called Ability in Bloom and…

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Looking Back to Look Ahead

Groundswell is: “one of those visionary organizations that recognize that the legacy of 10,000 years of agrarian practice must be questioned and changed if we’re to sustain our climate, soil, air, water, and our aspirational democracy.” -Jay Smith, Equity and Accountability Committee 10 years of building an equitable and just food system in the Finger…

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Newest grower at Incubator Farm has flourishing first season

Interview and article by: Nico Hirscl, Cornell University William Htoo is the newest farmer at Groundswell Center’s Farm Business Incubator Program, and just completed his first growing season. William is a refugee from Burma (also known as Myanmar) and came to Ithaca, NY in 2011. William and I sat down to have a conversation about…

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IWR Community Picnic Was a Success!

This July, Groundswell teamed up with Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) to host their annual Community Picnic at the Incubator Farm! In spite of the heat (close to 90 degrees and humid), there was a great turnout, and people came and seemed to stay for awhile.  There was incredible live music,  games for children, water balloons…. and…

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Flowersmith Farm CSA Begins!

Alison of Flowersmith Farm, an Incubator Farm-based business, hosted her first CSA pickup of the season yesterday! She’s looking forward to sharing her flowers with this awesomely supportive community ✨If you’re still interested in signing up – there’s 4 weeks left! She makes stunning wedding and event arrangements too. Contact her to get these lovely blooms…

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Ability in Bloom Flower Cart

Successful first day for the Ability in Bloom flower cart on the commons over the weekend!! Stop by next time for fresh-cut flowers and greeting cards from growers and artists at Challenge Workforce Solutions. The cart will regularly be located in front of Taste of Thai on the Commons around lunchtime this summer. We love to see growers…

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