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Phone: 607-277-0180
P.O. Box 6679
Ithaca
New York 14851
USA
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Target demographics: We work with three primary groups: 1) aspiring or beginning farmers (including farm interns and employees); 2) college students; and 3) community members.

Geographic areas served: The Finger Lakes region of New York State, with an emphasis on the city of Ithaca and its surrounding communities.

Programs: Finger Lakes CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance in Farmer Training); Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming and Local Food Systems; the Ithaca Crop Mob; New Farmer Training Project; Farm Enterprise Incubator

Mission:
Groundswell’s mission is to help youth and adult learners develop the skills and knowledge they need to build sustainable local food systems. Our focus is providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with real working farms and food businesses in the Ithaca area. Through collaboration with area schools, colleges and universities Groundswell offers programs of study for beginning farmers, students, community members, and professionals.
Results:
Since our official launch in 2009, we've accomplished the following:

1. Groundswell worked with area farmers to start the Finger Lakes CRAFT program, a group of farmers and interns that meet monthly for advanced training and mentoring.

2. We taught our first college-level class, the Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming and Local Food Systems through the Tompkins County Community College.

3. We launched the Ithaca Crop Mob, a volunteer-based organization that brings community members together monthly for on-farm work parties.

For more information, visit our website at www.groundswellcenter.org.

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I'm an advisor, donor, volunteer -- and community member. For most of my life I've been eating what comes via the grocery chain. Processed food and mostly long-distance food that keeps looking better on the outside with less and less nutrition on the inside. My grandmother was the last in our ... more »
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