Wednesday June 24, 2020
3:30 – 5:00pm
Register Here (*required)
Join the 2019 CFF Champion Award winner, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, for this year’s Champions Briefing, an event wholly designed and created by the award recipient. Groundswell Center will dig deep into their process of centering racial equity and anti-racist principles into their agricultural organization and discuss how to bring this work into your organization or foundation. As a non-profit with predominantly white leadership, Groundswell will examine staff/board development, relationship building, organizational policymaking, and systems for accountability.
Speakers will be:
Patrice Lockert Anthony, Interim Executive Director. Patrice knows it is incredibly difficult to lead a busy life full of the daily grind and commit to being part of the resistance to help shape the community and world into what we could be. She has been an advocate, activist, educator, and warrior-rebel for most of her life. For the last 36 years her focus has been on food justice, BIPOC concerns, and the co-op movement. She has, for several decades, believed that people in general, and Black people in particular should return to the land (especially as they left it through being forced off without charge, trial, or remuneration).
Natalie Hughes, Development Manager. Natalie coordinates fundraising operations and communications, and supports grant-writing and food justice program development. Natalie spent the first five years of her career with VINES in Binghamton, NY where she managed a youth employment program on an urban farm and transformed vacant lots into vibrant community gardens. She is an activist and a member of Ithaca’s chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), a network that organizes white people to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice.
Groundswell Center was the 2019 winner of the Community Food Funders Champion Award. One of the perks of the award is to host a funder briefing with CFF on content of the awardee’s choosing. This event is the CFF Champion funder briefing for this year.
More about Groundswell Center
The mission of Groundswell Center is to train the next generation of sustainable farmers in the Finger Lakes. They support individuals to develop agricultural skills and grow profitable, equitable and ecologically sound farm businesses. They work to dismantle racism in the food system by addressing inequalities in access to land and resources and prioritizing support for underrepresented producers including people of color, refugees, women and individuals with limited resources.
Groundswell Center runs an incubator farm on 6-acres with 80% of the farm business run by refugees; offers hands-on workshops led by sustainable farmers and social justice activists that integrate practical and regenerative farming techniques applicable to all growers; provides a 10-week farm business planning course; and regularly hosts food justice discussion groups and other events.