Spring into justice 2018

On March 23, 2018, Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm visited the Southside Community Center in Ithaca, NY and gave a keynote talk called “Uprooting Racism in the Food System: A Legacy of Resistance”. Nearly 200 people gathered to share a community dinner, hear from local food justice leaders, enjoy youth dance performances, and connect.

Co-organized by Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Youth Farm Project, Multicultural Resource Center, Healthy Food for All, Rainbow Healing Center of America, Southside Community Center, Greenstar Community Projects and Food Forest Farm.

Watch Leah's Talk on YouTube

Donors & sponsors

We are grateful to the following organizations for their support in making Spring Into Justice happen.

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The Farm to Plate Conference was a 3-day event meant to create, educate and celebrate a sustainable and just local food system. The event took place in Ithaca, NY, and it was free to all participants thanks in large part to the generous in-kind support of many organizations, grantors and sponsors (see below). Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming teamed up with  Roots Rising Farm, Cornell, and several community partners to represent various sectors and topics within the food system. The event featured keynotes from Raj Patel, Karen Washington, Malik Yakini and other speakers, hand-on workshops, paper presentations, local food, and a resource fairs.

2017 Workshops

In 2017, we hosted twelve workshops on technical sustainable farming skills, farm business topics, food justice knowledge. Some highlights include Bees in the Trees, using woody plants to attract pollinators to your farm; Brand Identity and Narrative Development, marketing your farm business; Grafting & Pruning, caring for strong healthy fruit trees; Undoing Racism, developing common language around injustice in the food system led by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; Celebrating Common Ground: Discovering Weeds, Soil Health, and Diversity, soils class in partnership with NOFA-NY taught simultaneously in 5 languages.