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Hands-on Workshops and Farm Tours Groundswell Center offers hands-on workshops and farm tours to delve into topics related to food and farming: technical farming skills, land management, food production, tool and equipment use, herbalism, livestock husbandry, and more. Workshops are open to people of all experience levels, from gardeners and beginning farmers to experienced farm business owners. 

Accessibility: We aim to make our events accessible and are working to decrease access barriers. We currently offer transportation to workshops (in the greater Ithaca area) and interpretation services. We acknowledge that our physical event spaces are not always accessible; information on each event’s wheelchair and mobility-related access is provided in event registration.

Requests for transportation, interpretation, and accommodations are included in our event registration. For more information or to discuss a specific access need, please email For interpretation needs please provide as much advance notice as possible. Thank you!

Upcoming Workshops

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BIPOC Beginner Carpentry

Saturday June 11th & Sunday June 12th
9am - 5pm
Groundswell Incubator Farm
Ithaca, NY
Sliding scale payment ($0 - $380)

In this two day course you’ll learn basic carpentry skills under the guidance of two instructors. Our small group will work together to build two waist height raised beds for the Groundswell Incubator Farm. You’ll learn the basics of following a carpentry plan including measuring, cutting, and fastening, and practice using a drill, driver, circular saw, hand saw, and hammer.

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Sliding scale fees:
Our workshop fees reflect our priorities of moving towards economic justice as well as supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) participants. There are four options for payment:

We welcome and encourage people who identify as BIPOC to pay option 1 (free).

Also consider paying option 1 (free) if you...

  • have difficulty affording your basic needs such as food, transportation, medical care, and childcare, and/or don’t always manage to meet these needs
  • are unemployed or have a low income
  • receive public assistance

Consider paying option 2 (reduced fee) if you...

  • can typically afford your basic needs but have little expendable income or savings
    have significant debt or medical expenses not covered by insurance
    are supporting children or have other dependents
  • are a senior on a limited, fixed income

Consider paying option 3 (full fee) or 4 (full fee + donation) if you...

  • can comfortably and consistently afford your basic needs
  • own the home you live in
  • have personal savings, investments, retirement accounts, or inherited wealth
  • travel recreationally
  • have access to family money and resources in times of need
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, we ask you to recognize this as a choice
  • would like to contribute towards programs at Groundswell including supporting costs of childcare, transportation, interpretation, and sliding scale option

Interested in Teaching a Workshop?

If you are a farmer, gardener, or educator with a skill or passion that can be useful to farmers and food producers and are in the Central NY area, please contact us to learn more about applying to be a contractual instructor with Groundswell.