September’s Farming for Justice discussion was led by Alexas Esposito and Joe Soto of the Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Healing(TCIKH). They shared their approach to returning to nature to heal their communities and themselves from intergenerational trauma through the technical and spiritual significance of seeds. In this video you will get a comprehensive…

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In July’s Farming for Justice discussion Kabui dove into the ways interdependent communities organize to create unique solutions to foster food sovereignty, interdependent communities, and lower carbon footprints. In this webinar, we learned how small scale agriculture is a core pillar of building a more sustainable food system, through the lens of Kabui’s lived experience…

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In Radicalize the Hive we outlined what honey bees, a “super-organism”, can teach us about building generative social systems.  The work includes discussion on building collaborative groups or communities through setting group terms, sharing power, building collective understanding, and shaping consensus while being compassionate with ourselves. In this discussion we explored the ways we can…

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The Green New Deal is increasingly becoming a hot topic in discussions about climate change.  Introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey earlier this year, the Green New Deal is a plan to fight climate change through moving away from fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the economy,…

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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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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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Since Groundswell’s founding, a large part of our mission has revolved around the creation of an equitable local food system– one rooted in justice and fairness for all people, animals and the land. This year, we decided to articulate our commitment more deeply through the creation of an organizational Equity Statement. As we begin 2018, it feels…

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On March 12th and 13th I attended the Just Food Conference in NYC. It was exciting to reconnect with the Just Food community, as I spent much of 2012 as an intern with their Farm School NYC program. Just Food has always inspired me with their commitment to lifting up the leadership and capacity of…

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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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