Building Perennial Raised Beds

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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Farm Design Make-Over by Design Connect

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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High School Students from Japan Kick-Off Fall Volunteer Project

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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One of Us: Putting Down Roots – Tompkins Weekly

One of Us: Putting Down Roots Posted on July 3, 2017 in Living, News By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly Photo by Jamie Love (different photo than included in original article) Historically, America has been a country made up of people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. The city of Ithaca and surrounding areas are reflective of…

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Groundswell Story: Alison Smith

Alison came to Ithaca to find her place in our farm community, specifically for flowers. After apprenticing at Littleflowers Farm for the tail end of last season, she joined Groundswell’s Incubator Farm to pursue her own cut flower business. How did you get started with Groundswell’s Incubator Farm program? I had been farming veggies but…

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Incubator Highlight: Ability in Bloom

Article by Glen, Ability in Bloom Program Coordinator: Ability in Bloom is a social enterprise program of Challenge Workforce Solutions where our goal is to provide jobs and work skills training for a dedicated group of adults and students with barriers to employment.  We employ Challenge participants who have had trouble finding work outside of…

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Incubator Highlight: Paw Pha

Meet one of our returning Incubator Farmers: Paw Pha   Paw started farming at the Incubator in 2015, operating a ¼ acre, and growing lots of Gongura (Roselle) and other traditional Burmese vegetables, including Watercress, Thai hot peppers, Lemon Cucumber, Long Beans, pumpkins, and Japanese eggplant.  as well as garlic, spring onions, and tomatoes. In 2015 he started traveling to…

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Groundswell’s Incubator Farm is full for 2017!

Groundswell is pleased to announce that our Incubator Farm is full for 2017! In 2016, we graduated our first farmer, Surik Mehrabyan after 4 years in our program. This created space for several new farmers to join for the upcoming season. These new farmers include: Alison Smith (Wild Air Flower Farm), Taylor Shuler (Herbs, medicinals, niche value-added products),…

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Incubator Update: A new hoop house for the wash station!

We are excited to say that the Incubator Farm now has a fantastic new hoop house that will soon house our farm wash station. Here our farmers will be able to wash all of their produce before it is taken to the Walk-In cooler that will be built later this spring. Having this new wash…

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Incubator Update: Burmese Farmers at Incubator

As Groundswell was planning the Incubator Farm Program, people had been telling me about a man named Aung Htoo, a farmer from Burma who might be interested in farming locally.  Eventually, with translation help from Aung Htoo’s younger brother, I was able to meet Aung Htoo and his brother-in-law Eh Hser.  I told them about…

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