Week of July 23rd – CSA Newsletter

Well folks, it looked like all the dancing at Grassroots worked and our rain prayers have been answered. In all my years farming, the summer’s guaranteed rain events happen during Ithaca Festival and Grassroots weekend. Now today’s rain was a little heavy at times, but beggars can’t be choosers, so I’ll take whatever we can get. And the veggies will definitely enjoy it.

For last week’s field trip, we went and visited Groundswell’s Incubator Farm. The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is a non-profit based out of Ithaca that is near and dear to my heart. I’m a former Farmer-Educator for them and currently sit on their board. The TC3 Farm and the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems degree at Tompkins Cortland are here today because of Groundswell. Long story short, but Groundswell created a Summer Practicum that was offered for credit through Tompkins Cortland in the summer of 2010. That first summer students decided to put on a Local Foods celebration to culminate their work. Former college president, Carl Haynes was invited and asked to say a few words. One of his comments was that it would be great to see this as a degree program one day at Tompkins Cortland. And the rest is history. If you’re not familiar with what an Incubator Farm is, it’s a farm that offers land to growers at an affordable price and often provides shared equipment and technical advice. What makes the Incubator Farm at Groundswell unique is that their target audience are those who are traditionally underrepresented in agriculture (women, persons of color and New Americans). Liz, the farm manager, gave a great tour of the different operations at the farm and some of the obscure vegetables growing there. About half of the folks farming there are Karen Burmese refugees and many of the crops that they grow are not traditionally grown in our region.

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Farm to Plate Conference in Ithaca

Farm to Plate ConferenceGroundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Announces Farm to Plate Conference – 
May 11-13, 2017

Call for workshop and presentation ideas!

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is pleased to announce “The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food System” which will take place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ithaca, NY and the surrounding areas.

The conference is a collaborative effort by Groundswell Center, Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Crooked Carrot, Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, Roots Rising Farm, the Tompkins County Food Policy Council and the Youth Farm Project.

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Week of September 5th – CSA Newsletter

Howdy folks! Welcome to September! I hope you are all enjoying your Labor Day weekend and for my TC3 colleagues, you survived the first week of the semester relatively unscathed! I decided to only labor for part of the day today, so you will hopefully be reading this at a reasonable time :). Last week … Read more

Finger Lakes Craft and Other Farmer Trainings

Finger Lakes CRAFT – Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training – And Other Farmer 2016 Training Opportunities from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming offers a host of training programs for beginning farmers that are taught by small scale farmers in the community. These include one time workshops, Saturday-Sunday classes, and longer course offerings appropriate to a wide range of skill levels and interests. Their 2016 programs include: Finger Lakes CRAFTFarm Business Planning Course; Educator Training; Farming While Brown; Year-Round High Tunnels Course; Draft Animals Practicum; Cooperative Farm Business; Finger Lakes Orchards eXChange (FLOX), and Introduction to Farming.

Finger Lakes CRAFT TourCRAFT, which stands for Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training is farmer training for beginning sustainable farmers by experienced sustainable farmers. CRAFT was established in 1994 in Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts, and the original CRAFT Group still exists today. There are now CRAFT groups all over the country, and CRAFT looks a little bit different in each place, depending on the needs, resources, and interests of local participants.

Finger Lakes CRAFT meets once each month throughout the growing season on one of the farms run by CRAFT Mentors. This year, Finger Lakes CRAFT will be hosting tours in May, June, and July.

Sunday May 15, Kingbird Farm 1-4 pm   

Sunday June 19, Westhaven Farm 1-4 pm

Sunday, July 17, Main Street Farms 1-4 pm

Groundswell CenterFor more information about CRAFT and Groundswell programs, click “read more” below.

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Groundswell Community Events and Programs

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS and PROGRAMS from GROUNDSWELL CENTER for LOCAL FOOD and FARMING
 
Groundswell’s Incubator Farm Volunteer Party / Work Day 
Saturday, April 16, 10am – 2pm
Groundswell’s Incubator Farm • 115 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

It’s time to get out to the farm and get some projects done! We are calling on all of our friends, fans and fellow farmers to come on out and pitch in, learn a new skill, get a little dirty and have some fun! Help us build a hoop house and install fencing! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Sign up in advance (and attend) and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Home Green Home and a Groundswell T-Shirt! Due to the nature of the work, we ask that volunteers be age 16+MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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Groundswell’s Spring Mixer & Plant Swap

Sunday, May 22, 2pm – 6pm
Groundswell’s Office  • 225 South Fulton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

 Let’s celebrate Spring and the coming growing season! Join us at our office (225 South Fulton Street) for fun, food by Iron Owl Kitchen, drinks, and great music. We will even have a plant and seed swap to help get your gardens going. This is also the first meeting of our Homestead Farmer and Gardner Network.  MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Grazing & Pasture Management
SESSION 1 (of 8): It’s All About the Grass
Monday, April 18, 5pm – 8pm
Tuition: $45 (or $280 for all 8 Sessions)
Understanding how soil, grass, and grazing interact to grow better animals. Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenberg, NY.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER
Groundswell Teamster TrainingDraft Animal Practicum
Sunday, April 24, 9am – 4pm
Don’s Teamster Training School, Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY
Tuition: $175
This popular one-day workshop includes hands-on practice with experienced draft animals under the supervision of knowledgeable teamsters. This class is appropriate for anyone considering getting started with draft animals, as well as those with a few years of teamster experience. No prior horse experience is necessary.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER
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Farm Business Planning Course – Groundswell

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming Announces Farm Business Planning Course Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will once again be conducting a 10-week Farm Business Planning Course, beginning in January 2016, for those interested in developing an agriculturally-related business concept by working directly with farm business instructors and a team of farmer … Read more