Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is committed to supporting farmers, food system workers, community members, and especially those most vulnerable during this trying time. We’re undergoing a double transition: adapting to digital alternatives during the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting new Interim leadership. Welcoming Interim Leaders. Groundswell Executive Director, Elizabeth Gabriel, gave birth to…

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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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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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This fall Groundswell welcomes three inspiring students to our team! Two Cornell SC Johnson Graduate School Board Fellow’s have joined our Board of Directors this year. The Johnson Board Fellowship aims to provide MBA students an opportunity for professional development through service on non-profit Board of Directors. The Board Fellowship allows for strengthening ties between…

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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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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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It’s been a busy and exciting first month since I have begun working as new Director of Groundswell. I’ve met with community members, farmers, and partner organizations in order to build and maintain relationships that Joanna and the Groundswell staff have cultivated over the years. Fortunately, Joanna has been generous with both time and energy, enabling us…

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Becca Rimmel, Education Program Manager Becca will be coordinating a number of Groundswell programs, including Finger Lakes CRAFT, Year-Round High Tunnels, Draft Animal Practicum, Finger Lakes Orchards Exchange, Cooperative Farming Network, and several other programs still being developed. Becca brings to Groundswell a passion for sustainable food systems, awesome organizing skills, and years of experience…

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