Groundswell News November 2013 Volunteer Spotlight: Kemberli Sargent Sustainability Intern hones videography skills, helps us tell the Groundswell s


Groundswell News November 2013


Volunteer Spotlight: Kemberli Sargent

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Sustainability Intern hones videography skills, helps us tell the Groundswell story

By now there are dozens of amazing Groundswell graduates out "in the field", doing great things with the farming skills and connections we've helped them develop. We do our best to keep up with them and tell you their stories when we can, but really... that could be a full-time job!

Enter Kemberli Sargent. Back in September the Sustainability Center hooked us up with Kemberli through their Sustainability Internship Program. Kemberli graduated from Cornell last August with a Master's in Regional Planning, and wanted an opportunity to develop her skills as a videographer while looking for a job in her field. Read more...

You too can be a Groundswell Volunteer!

Build your resume while making a difference!

Groundswell depends on dedicated volunteers for all kinds of support, from tabling at events to research and writing, from making videos to serving on our Steering Committee. If you'd like to be involved, let us know. In addition we'll be offering two more formal Sustainability Internships starting in January. For more information contact us at


Last chance to apply for Groundswell's 2014 Farm Business Planning Course!


Applications due December 15

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

This course is for serious beginning farmers who needs a plan, and for established farmers who want to improve their business skills. ssTen 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. Applications are due December 15. For info and online application form, click HERE.


Looking for land to start your farm?

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Incubator Farmer Surik Mehrabyan at the Incubator Farm at EcoVillage.

Groundswell Incubator Farm is still accepting applications

Early decision applications are due November 30

We're looking for 2-3 more new farmers to join the Groundswell Incubator Farm in 2014! Your best chance for acceptance in the program is to apply right away. But we will accept applications until available slots are filled.

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.


Rock and Roll for Groundswell!

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Ramones Tribute/ Rock and Roll Party to benefit Groundswell!

November 30 at the Haunt

Groundswell booster Don Bazley is throwing a party and you're invited! All proceeds from the event will benefit Groundswell and our trainees!

Many thanks to Don and all the musicians: Bad Hand, Meth Collective, the Dee Dees, Glacial Erotics, the Fly Rods, Flesh Pump Revolver, 1-2-3-4, and the Mill Bastards!

The event is at the Haunt on Willow Street in Ithaca and starts at 9:00. Suggested donation is $5.


New Listings from our Local Food & Farming Classifieds


Aspiring farmer looking for winter employment

I am a young aspiring farmer, seeking employment for the winter months. Willing to work on various types of production farms. I completed the Groundswell New Farmer Training Program in 2011, and will be taking the Groundswell Business Class this winter. More...

Farm land for sale or lease

17 acres of agricultural land with trout stream in Cazenovia, NY. Perfect for cash crops, vegetables, poultry or cattle. Will consider short-term or long term lease, or sale.We are willing to invest, make improvements, and provide other assistance as well. More...

CSA Farm Seeking New Growers

Second Wind CSA in Gardiner, NY (Ulster County) is seeking new growers to manage the CSA for the 2014 season and beyond. The CSA is a great opportunity for beginning farmers interested in gaining management and business experience as a stepping stone toward a future farm dream. More...

Bulk Discounts on Pre-Order Spring Soil Mixes & Organic Fertilizers

GreenTree Garden Supply manufactures local and sustainable potting soils ideal for seed starting and growing on transplants for spring plantings. We are currently taking pre-orders for the Spring with bulk discount options... 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.


We're looking for new members of the Groundswell Steering Committee!

What's in it for you?

Being part of a fun and dynamic community-based organization which is catalyzing positive change in our community, region, and food system. Leadership opportunities in community-based sustainable development, “green jobs,” site-based education, and local food systems.
Opportunities to build networks within the local community and among regional and national organizations.
Opportunities to foster meaningful and lasting relationships with diverse collaborators.

Are you experienced?

We're looking for a few new people who have relevant experience and skills, for example in agriculture, food, social justice, education, fundraising, organizational development, financial management, media & marketing, program evaluation, connections to diverse communities, and have energy and passion for our work.

Are you looking for a great experience?

We’re also interested in people who don't have a lot of experience but have exceptional enthusiasm for our work or important insights about the people we serve.

Apply Online Now!


Help create video teaching tools for beginning farmers


Groundswell Mentor Donn Hewes of Northland Sheep Dairy is one of the featured farmers in this outstanding video series.

For the past 7 years our partner the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project has developed lots of great resources for beginning farmers. Many Groundswell trainees have benefited from watching the wonderful online videos they have produced. Many of the videos feature Groundswell's Mentor Farmers.

From now 'til to the end of the year, Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is raising funds via an Indiegogo Campaign to produce more clips on growing tree fruits, farming with draft animals, and building and growing veggies in high tunnels. If you'd like to support this project, visit their Indiegogo campaign page HERE.

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Discounts all Groundswell Programs
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Very cool Membership Sticker!
Additional donations help support our work and our trainees.

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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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