A nice article about the Groundswell Center’s new USDA grant in the Ithaca Journal:
EcoVillage’s Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming has received nearly $350,000 in a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support training for new farmers and urban market gardeners.
The three-year grant from USDA is intended to help beginning farmers with business planning, training, mentoring and affordable access to land.
“Our goal is to increase the number, diversity, profitability and environmental sustainability of beginning farmers in the region,” said Joanna Green, director of the Groundswell Center. “We’re making a three-year investment to develop a strong, multicultural social and economic support network for new farmers.”