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Instant Inspiration

A cactus grows in Nichols, NY

This week, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and Rainbow Healing Center of America, LLC teamed up for a herb harvest at Kay’s Rare Cacti & Succulents in Nichols, NY. With the help of several volunteers, we harvested golden rod, raspberry leaves, burdock and other herbs to be dried for Rainbow Healing Center teas.…

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Groundswell honored for efforts to achieve triple bottom line

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming has been named the winner of the 2019 Community Food Funders (CFF) Champions Award! This prestigious award – given to one organization annually – was created to recognize leaders empowering food system change in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Seven funders in the Community Food Funders network, plus the 2018 winner Brooklyn-based East…

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Instant Inspiration: An Interview with Sara Sirois

Sara Sirois is the owner and operator of Georgic Farm located in beautiful Virgil, New York. This is Georgic Farm’s first operational year, mainly driven by CSA sales.  Sara’s journey into agriculture is one we can all relate to – and of course, be inspired by. A recent grad of Groundswell’s Grow Your Farm Business…

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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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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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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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Welcoming Adriana to Groundswell!

We’re thrilled to welcome Adriana Pickett-Becerra as the new Business Development & ESL Program Coordinator. Adriana’s role at Groundswell is multi-faceted.  She is available to provide individual one-to-one guidance to beginning farmers with business development, financial planning and navigating resource opportunities locally or Federally. She is also working closely with our community partners to develop…

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