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Sustainable agriculture

Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms

Do you love mushrooms? Do you love shiitake mushrooms? Have you ever wanted to grow them at home? Here are some links about how to inoculate your own mushroom logs! How to: Inoculate Logs by Mushroom Species by Asheville Fungi Growing Shiitake Mushrooms: Step-by-Step Guide to an Agroforestry Crop by Northern Woodlands A Guide to…

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November 10th Community Farm Day at Soul Fire Farm

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming in Ithaca, NY coordinated a Community Caravan of 18 people from Ithaca to Grafton, NY, outside of Albany, for a Day of Community Farm work, with over 100 others from all over the Northeast, at Soul Fire Farm. We collectively accomplished, what seemed like close to a week’s worth of farm…

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The Word on Flerds …and Other Grazing Practices

This past Saturday Groundswell hosted a workshop on Multispecies Regenerative Grazing at the beautiful Shelterbelt Farm, led by farmer Erica Frenay. Shelterbelt’s “flerd” (a combination of a flock and a herd) of cows and sheep had just been put out to pasture for the season 2 days prior to the workshop, and it was the…

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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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Groundswell Story: Main Street Farms

Allan and Bob Cat, owners of Main Street Farms in Homer NY, are graduates of Groundswell Center programs who now operate a small diversified vegetable farm that does CSA and wholesale and farmers markets. They currently have 30 acres in vegetables, 15 in cover crop, a aquaponic operation, and a plan to farm their entire…

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Help advocate for young farmers: Take the National Young Farmer Survey

Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly. It is crucial that the survey results…

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Cornell Small Farms Announces Support For Shiitake Viability Development

  The Cornell Small Farms Program announces a new two-year project funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to support the development of a new niche crop in New York state; log-grown shiitake mushrooms. Interested farmers and service providers can learn more and sign up for updates here. Research and development at Cornell over the…

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