Groundswell STAFF

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Interim EXecutive Director

As Interim Executive Director, Natalie (she/they) manages organizational finances and operations, funding development, and supports the staff team. Before entering the Interim role, they served as the Development Manager for four years. Natalie spent the first five years of their career with VINES in Binghamton, NY where they managed a youth employment program on an urban farm and transformed vacant lots into vibrant community gardens. They hold a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Binghamton University. They are an activist and advocate for gender justice, trans/non-binary rights, and equity and access in outdoor recreation.

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Many years ago Stephen (he/him) sidestepped a career as a junior high math teacher to become a modern dancer. Over the years he danced with a variety of companies and choreographers around the world, most notably with Rachel Lampert & Dancers during the 80's and early 90's, and Jane Comfort & Company from 1995 thru 2004. He arrived in Ithaca in 2004, serving as the the Managing Director of the Kitchen Theatre Company thru 2020. He has been working as the bookkeeper for Groundswell Center since January 2021.

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Juliana Quaresma, INCUBATOR FARM and Aggregation Manager

Juliana (she/her) is from Northeastern Brazil, from the territory of the Cariri People. She is passionate to help connect people with food, farming and the environment. She believes that the food system is not disconnected from the natural ecosystem. By connecting people to local food and farming, one of the ways to promote farm and food justice, we are shortening the gap between people and their local environment and community. With almost ten years of developing and implementing a diversity of educational programs in colleges and food justice non-profit organizations in Recife, Brazil and New York, she has worked to support farmers by coordinating, training, and managing programs with agroecology, agroforestry, natural resources management in farming, and environmental and food justice.

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Holly Stein,
Co-manager of Farmer Training

Holly (she/her) co-coordinates the Groundswell's Farmer Training program bringing her love for farming, community building, and justice . Holly has been involved in multiple farming and organizing efforts over the years, supporting the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Campaign for Fair Food and AMOR the Alliance to Mobilize our Resistance. Holly got interested in farming as an adult living in New York City working as a Youth Programs Coordinator at Project Morry.  In 2011, she moved onto a small family farm in Southern Massachusetts, where her love of growing food flourished.  Holly pursued a certificate in Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). As the Assistant Farm Manager at Fresh Start Farm in Lisbon, ME, Holly had the privilege of learning from immigrants and refugee farmers and supporting their farming aspirations.

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Giavanna Townsend,
Co-Manager of Farmer Training

Giavanna Townsend (she/her) co-coordinates and develops Groundswell’s Farmer Training program. Giavanna began her agricultural career in her hometown of Binghamton, NY after working on the VINES urban farm in 2013. She discovered a passion for growing food and striving towards an equitable food system, and went on to participate in various farm apprenticeships throughout New York State. Giavanna rejoined the VINES staff in 2017 as the Program Assistant where she supported several urban gardening and farming programs and taught workshops on growing and preparing food. In 2019 Giavanna took on the role of Assistant Farm Manager at Wild Hill Farm in Ionia, NY. Since joining the Groundswell Staff in February of 2020 Giavanna has brought together her mix of farming and programming experience to support and bring education to aspiring farmers in the Finger Lakes region.

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Kimberly Wiman,
Community Education Coordinator

Kimberly Wiman (she/her) was born and raised on Piscataway land (P.G. County, MD) with maternal Quechua roots in the Huanca Huanca river valley of Paucar del Sara Sara, Perú. She’s a homesteader, physical therapist, novice carpenter, and bikepacker. She cares for 3 acres of mostly forested land near Trumansburg, NY with her partner. In 2021 Kimberly began her work with Groundswell as the Assistant Farm Manager for the Incubator Farm, and in the spring of 2022 took on the role of Community Education Coordinator. Kimberly has a background in Plant Sciences from Cornell University and interests in agroforestry, ecologically restorative agriculture, indigenous foodways, collective structures, and uplifting BIPOC and queer/trans*/women farmers. Connection to the land is a fundamental part of her health and ability to serve others, and she’s driven by a passion to share the knowledge, stories, and technical skills to make a life that includes farming more imaginable and attainable.

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