Groundswell FARMer training program

about the farmer training program

This is a part time 7-month program with a focus on hands-on vegetable production, basics of livestock farming, and exposure to various farm enterprises in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Through farm tours, speakers, and discussion, the program will explore the social and environmental impacts of agriculture. The program will also speak to some of the historical and present day structural issues that impact the food system, and challenges that new and beginning farmers face. 

Group photo

Photo: 2021 Alumni and Christa Nunez celebrating their last day at the Learning Farm!

"Our hope is people leave the program seeing farming as a revolutionary act that can change the way they view the world and work towards repairing the personal, environmental and social devastation that our current systems have created." - Farmer Advisory Committee

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What to expect during the program

Applications are closed for the 2022 Season

Thank you for your interest in Groundswell’s Farmer Training Program 

Please fill out THIS FORM if you are interested in more information about the 2023 Program.

For more information about the program please email or call 607-319-5095

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This Project is funded in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).