by Gail Patrice Lockert Anthony Agriculture in Africa began about 7000 BC in Central Africa and approximately 5200 BC in the Sahara (the Sahara had a much different biome then). Black and Brown communities have farmed, gardened, and produced their own food for millennia. We understood the land and tools and growing cycles. We understood…

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Systemic racism, and specifically anti-Black racism, is institutionalized in every part of society, from education to health care to food systems. Understanding where we are—and how we got here—is an important place to start in the ongoing fight for Black lives.

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Interim Leadership and the Groundswell team are working closely with farmers and partners to stay informed and up-to-date as coronavirus developments and responses unfold. The following links contain safety information, farm business grant and loan opportunities, and no-contact farm product sale opportunities. Meeting slides and Local Farmer Input During Groundswells COVID-19 Farmer Meet Up Organizational Resources:…

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We’re excited to have Giavanna join the Groundswell team as Programs Manager! We asked her a few questions to learn more about her: What brought you to farming? When I began farming it was completely new to me. I learned very little about agriculture and the food system growing up, and had very little connection to…

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In 2014, Steve Selin and his family achieved their dream of owning their own estate cider orchard.  Now, the 5-acre South Hill Cider Orchard boasts 20 varieties of apples and 1,500 trees. Just this fall, South Hill Cider opened a new cider house and tasting room, located next to the orchard, and participated in Finger…

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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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At Northstar Farm, food goes straight from the field to people’s plates.  The farm grows produce based around Northstar House’s menu. The pub, located in Fall Creek, is supplied with a steady flow of fresh, organic food from the farm.  The pub has several co-owners, and Northstar Farm is located on one of the co-owner’s…

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