Incubator Highlight: Paw Pha

Meet one of our returning Incubator Farmers: Paw Pha   Paw started farming at the Incubator in 2015, operating a ¼ acre, and growing lots of Gongura (Roselle) and other traditional Burmese vegetables, including Watercress, Thai hot peppers, Lemon Cucumber, Long Beans, pumpkins, and Japanese eggplant.  as well as garlic, spring onions, and tomatoes. In 2015 he started traveling to…

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Help advocate for young farmers: Take the National Young Farmer Survey

Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly. It is crucial that the survey results…

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Cornell Small Farms Announces Support For Shiitake Viability Development

  The Cornell Small Farms Program announces a new two-year project funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to support the development of a new niche crop in New York state; log-grown shiitake mushrooms. Interested farmers and service providers can learn more and sign up for updates here. Research and development at Cornell over the…

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Instant Inspiration: Silas Conroy

Silas Conroy Owner, Crooked Carrot & Whalecat Doughnuts I’m Silas Conroy, co-founder and owner of the Crooked Carrot–a local foods processor here in Ithaca, NY. I studied Engineering Science at Penn State before falling in love with food and food system issues. I spent the first 5 years of my 20s in a self-styled apprenticeship…

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New “Zone 1” at the Incubator Farm

Exciting developments at the Groundswell Incubator Farm!   You might have caught some of the pictures earlier this summer: the Incubator Farm has some new infrastructure that will greatly enhance the farmers’ ability to grow beautiful fresh produce. In permaculture, people often design a growing space based on the “Zones of Use”, and the area that…

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Faces of Groundswell: Ye Myint

Ye Myint grew up in Myanmar, where he and his father grew tropical vegetables and fruits on a four acre diversified farm. Ye and his family came to the United States in 2002, and lived for 8 years in South Carolina before moving to Ithaca in 2010. He has been running a sushi company on…

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