Groundswell News October 2013 Incubator Farmer Applications Due November 30! We're looking for 2-3 more new farmers to join the Groundswell Incubato


Groundswell News October 2013


Incubator Farmer Applications Due November 30!

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Incubator Farmer Damon Brangman with fall crops.

We're looking for 2-3 more new farmers to join the Groundswell Incubator Farm in 2014! The Incubator is a ten-acre parcel of agricultural land which is available to qualified beginning farmers who need affordable access to land.

In addition to growing space, the Incubator offers access to tools, water and irrigation lines, tractor services, production and marketing infrastructure, and mentoring from experienced farmers. Space is available for livestock micro-enterprises as well as crops.

For details about the program and an online application form, click HERE. If you think the Incubator might be for you, we encourage you to give Devon Van Noble a call at 727-410-4073. He can answer your questions and help you decide whether to apply.


Register Online for 2014 Holistic Organic Orchard Management Course


Fourth Sundays of each month, 1-4 PM, January through October 2014 (except July)

This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the region's most respected and innovative growers. Beginning and experienced commercial producers and serious homestead orchardists are invited to participate. For info and easy online registration form, click *HERE.*


2014 Farm Business Planning Course Applications Now Open

Thursday nights, 6-9 PM, January 9 - March 13

This course is for the serious beginning farmer who needs a plan. Ten weekly sessions cover all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business plan. For info and online application form, click HERE.


Got Land? Find a Farmer with Finger Lakes LandLink!

CCE and Groundswell Collaborate on New Project to Connect Landowners with Farmers

November 14th Informational Meeting for Landowners


Finger Lakes LandLink is a brand new project of Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central NY Agriculture Program and Groundswell. LandLink aims to improve land access for beginning and established farmers by matching land owners and land seekers locally and in the Finger Lakes region. An online database will enable farmers to search for available land, and landowners to search for interested farmers. CCE and Groundswell will provide consulting and resources to help facilitate the matching process. Initially the project will operate in Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Cortland, and Chemung.

An informational meeting for landowners will be held on Thursday, November 14, 7:00 PM at Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Av. off Rt. 13 at Dey St. and Lincoln in Ithaca. At the meeting, you will learn about options for making your land available, leasing arrangements, and the benefits of working with farmers to gain potential property tax breaks, along with the benefit of making use of your land for farming and food production.

If you're a landowner or farmer interested in the Finger Lakes LandLink project, please contact: Ian Bailey ( or Monika Roth (607-272-2292,


Groundswell Benefit Party/Tribute Concert November 30 at the Haunt

Mark Your Calendar!

Groundswell booster Don Bazley is throwing a party and you're invited! "Each year I throw some sort of tribute show for my birthday," says Don. "In the past it has been Neil Young, Velvet Underground. Johnny Cash... generally people that have left a mark on the world of music. When I started this I decided that if so many bands were getting together to perform it may as well be a benefit!" We're delighted that Groundswell will be the recipient of all proceeds for the evening. The event is at the Haunt (Willow, St - Ithaca) and starts at 9:00. Suggested donation is $5. Thanks Don!


New Listings from our Local Food & Farming Classifieds


Farm Business Planning & Analysis Services

Get one-on-one help with Budgeting, Goal Setting and Business Planning for your farm. More..

Land, House and Farm Buildings for Rent

5-15 acres pasture adjacent to spring water & spring-fed pond for irrigation. Well-suited for small-scale livestock. Tillable- 5 acres. More...

Greenhouses & Land for Rent in T-burg

Two 24 x 96 greenhouses on a few acres of land. More...

Share your opportunity with the Groundswell community. Place your FREE ad NOW! Sections include: Farm Stuff, Land, Market Connections and Work/Learn All ads are free while this section of our website is still in development... Send us your feedback along with your classified ad.


Build-Your-Own Cider-Press Workshop

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Redbyrd Orchard Cider Apples

Groundswell Graduates Team Up to Offer Hands-On Sessions

November 26th and 23rd

We're pleased to report that two graduates of our Farm Business Planning Course are collaborating on a unique two day cider press workshop. Join veteran carpenter and carpentry teacher and Maria Klemperer-Johnson and master cidermaker Eric Shatt to build your own rack and cloth press, learn about the history and techniques of cidermaking, and press your first batch of cider on your brand new press.


Coming Up: Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference 2013!

November 8-10, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY

Black Urban Growers (BUGs) is pleased to announce the 2013 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference: Power and Sovereignty. The conference connects growers, eaters and organizations across the country to nurture the health and well-being of Black America and the environment as a whole. The conference is a place to explore issues of race, class, health and food through panel discussions, workshops, films and conversations. Register online now.

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Groundswell's new farmer training programs were established with the support of the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Grant #2010-49400-21799. It's a shame that this great USDA program lost all funding in the federal budget fiasco, and we don't mind if you tell your representatives that you think that stinks. Our current supporters include the Appalachian Regional Commission; NYS Office for New Americans, Park Foundation, and our Members and Donors. Groundswell is an initiative of Learn@EcoVillageIthaca, which is a Project of the not-for-profit Center for Transformative Action, Tax ID 16-0990318.

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