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Reflections

Harmful Algal Blooms and Our Water.

As farmers and land-dwellers, our livelihoods are directly and intimately affected by water. Of course, as humans, we know our life depends on it, as well. But as land-stewards, it is important that we regularly assess how we treat the soil, because our livelihood depends on it as well.  Land use and its effects intersect…

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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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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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Best Wishes, Adriana!

We’d like to thank Adriana Pickett Becerra for her dedication and hard work at Groundswell Center over the past year. Although she was only hired for a one-year contract, she feels like one of the Groundswell family! Her contributions have had such a meaningful impact on Groundswell; she navigated pathways for farm business support, developed…

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Cultural Appropriation and Food Resources

Groundswell Center was honored to welcome Patrice Lockert Anthony, President of Greenstar Cooperative Market , Owner  of A Writer’s Alchemy, and social provocateur to facilitate a two-part discussion on Cultural Appropriation and Food as part of the Farming for Justice Series. What is the difference between cultural exchange, appreciation, and appropriation? This question comes up when talking about clothing, hairstyles, food,…

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From the Director: Our Leadership

The abundance of spring has arrived! Baby animals are weaned, CSA’s are underway for the year, and strawberries are ready for picking.  It’s an incredible time to be a Finger Lakes farmer and a local food system advocate and participant! Here at Groundswell Center, we’re well into an action-packed workshop and event season featuring some new topics including…

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Groundswell goes to Soul Fire Farm

This fall the staff of Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming along with Ithaca community members took a day trip to Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, NY, a “family farm committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system”. Soul Fire is farmed by a mixed race family who grow vegetables and…

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