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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Check out the final episode of Chasing the Dream, a look into equitable food systems and the work of Soul Fire Farm Natasha Thompson, host of the series and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, speaks with Elizabeth Gabriel and Alexas Esposito from Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming. The episode concludes with a…

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A Big Thank You to All Our Supporters Thank you to everyone who came to the Sunset Soirée last month for a beautiful evening filled with food, drinks, music, a chance auction and — most importantly — incredible company! Groundswell’s 10-year anniversary is an important milestone towards building a sustainable and just food system, and…

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Come celebrate Groundswell’s 10th year at our third annual Sunset Soirée! On September 19th, take a tour of the Incubator Farm, meet farmers in our community, indulge in local food and drink, and dance to live music! Be sure to RSVP here. The event will also come with an exciting raffle (aka a chance auction!)…

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This month, we moved our Farm Tour and Volunteer Night to Rocky Acres Community Farm, run and owned by Rafael Aponte, in Freeville, NY. It was a fun filled evening, acquainting ourselves with some newly re-homed turkeys! Norman, the most sociable of them, enjoyed walking with the volunteer group. Did you know that in some…

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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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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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