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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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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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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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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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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Participants arrived to the Building Permanent Raised Beds workshop, at the Incubator Farm and taught by Sean Dembroski of Edible Acres,  from as close as  Ecovillage and as far as Massachusetts. As we gathered, Sean quickly gathered some scrap wood and banged together an A-frame tool. Our goal as a class was to start with…

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Design Connect –  a multidisciplinary, student-run, community design organization based in Cornell University – has gathered a group of 14 students in a project team to develop and design the expansion of Groundswell’s Incubator Farm. These students, majoring in architecture, landscape architecture and other fields of relevance, aim to provide a functional and ecological architectural…

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Entering the Frog Common House at Ecovillage last weekend, the room was abuzz with chatter- in Japanese! Forty Japanese students were visiting Ithaca from Izumigaoka High School in Kanazawa, and spent the morning volunteering in different tasks around Ecovillage.  How fortunate we were that Groundswell could be a volunteer site!   Our task for the…

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