New American Farmers

Are you a New American, an immigrant or a refugee? Do you want to learn more about farming, or start your own farm? Groundswell can help! We are proud and happy to work with New Americans who want to become farmers.

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If you want to start a farm but don’t have land, we may be able to help. The Groundswell Incubator Farm in Ithaca, NY is a shared farm that provides  healthy, fertile land for raising vegetables or animals. A new farmer can begin by renting 1/4 acre at very low cost. Groundswell Incubator Farmers also share a water for irrigation, equipment, hand tools, a barn, a walk-in cooler, and a hoophouse.

We can offer training

Do you want to learn what crops or livestock are best to grow here? Do you want to know how to find land or money to start your farm or business? Groundswell can offer workshops and classes on these topics and others. We offer special classes for people with limited English skills.

We can offer experience

Would you like to sit down with an experienced farmer to talk about your farm or business ideas? Are you looking for help with your farm plan? Would you like to work on a farm in order to learn more? We can help you find the right person.

Contact us!

If you are interested in learning more about farming in upstate New York, call us at 607-319-5095 or email

Our goals are to…

  • Help New Americans participate in the economic and entrepreneurial opportunities afforded by the growing local foods movement.
  • Increase the number of New American farmers in Central New York
  • increase the cultural diversity of our farms and communities
  • Keep agricultural land and infrastructure in production