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Intro to Carpentry Recap!

Last week we also had our Women On the Land: Intro to Carpentry workshop, with Maria Klemperer-Johnson from Hammerstone School. It. Was. A. Blast!  We worked towards finishing the end-walls of the structure built during last years workshop. We worked on our circular saw skills, measuring skills, even some small framing jobs and other basic…

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Women on the Land: Butcher Basics

The Woman on the Land Butcher Basics Workshop last week was incredibly fun and informative.  Groundswell Center hosted the workshop as the first part of our Women on the Land Workshop Series. It was held at the one and only Piggery butcher shop and farm store, in Ithaca, and taught by the amazing co-owner Heather…

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June Workshop Highlight: Tractor Basics

Nine people came to the Groundswell Incubator Farm on June 16th to learn Tractor Basics, taught by Liz Pickard. People came from a variety of backgrounds- beginner farmers, viticulturists, new land owners, Incubator Farmers, and experienced farmers. Liz started the class by talking about tractor safety. Walking around Groundswell’s John Deere tractor from the early…

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Incubator Highlight: Ability in Bloom

Article by Glen, Ability in Bloom Program Coordinator: Ability in Bloom is a social enterprise program of Challenge Workforce Solutions where our goal is to provide jobs and work skills training for a dedicated group of adults and students with barriers to employment.  We employ Challenge participants who have had trouble finding work outside of…

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Groundswell Announces a New Director

Elizabeth Gabriel joins Groundswell as the new Director in January of 2016, bringing significant experience in leadership, education and addressing food sovereignty.  For five years, Elizabeth served as founding director of Washington, DC-based non-profit Common Good City Farm, where she grew the organization from the ground up; securing grants, turning a baseball field into a productive…

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Finger Lakes CRAFT: Inspiring Beginning AND experienced Farmers

Members of the Finger Lakes CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) gathered September 15, 2014 at the Good Life Farm in Interlaken to tour this amazing and diverse farm operation. Owners Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller are serious innovators, dedicated to “farming on an energy descent curve.”  They’re developing systems of “perennial plant and…

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Finger Lakes Craft Cider Week features Groundswell participants

Groundswell graduates, instructors and Mentor Farmers feature heavily in the emerging craft cider industry in our region. Banding together as the Finger Lakes Cider Alliance, these orchardists are the impetus behind Finger Lakes Craft Cider Week, which will run from October 3rd through October 12th. The event bringing together the widest variety of local ciders…

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Hammerstone School teaches Carpentry for Farmsteaders

Groundswell grad Maria Klemperer-Johnson is now a full-fledged beginning farmer, running Hammerstone Orchards with her partner Chad Purdy.  As part of the burgeoning cider revival, they grow exclusively traditional cider varieties of apples for wholesale to local craft cideries, and for you-pick to home cider-makers. Through the orchard’s sister business, Hammerstone School, Maria also teaches…

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