Groundswell News June-July 2014From the Director Like local food? Like local farms? Like Groundswell on Facebook! Yeah, I know. You either love i

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Groundswell News June-July 2014

From the Director

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Chloe says: Don't be shy. Talk to us on Facebook!

Like local food? Like local farms?

Like Groundswell on Facebook!

Yeah, I know. You either love it or hate it. But the fact is, Facebook and other social media have become indispensible tools for sharing ideas, information and inspiration for building a better society. That's what we're learning from Ryan Miga, our new volunteer Social Media Specialist, and from the many other amazing young people who are getting involved in the Groundswell mission as volunteers.

Ryan is helping us gear up our Facebook page as a resource for people who want to transform the food system. Not everyone can be a farmer. But everyone eats, and everyone can make a difference in how food is grown and who is able to eat well.

Be part of the conversation.

Visit our Facebook page.

Read up on food, farm, and social justice issues, check out cool pictures of our programs, and share your thinking with us! What's going on in your neck of the woods/field of the farm/corner of your city garden plot? What do you think it will take to build a food system that works for EVERYONE? We look forward to hearing from you!

Joanna Green, Director


Join us for the first annual "Homestead Trail" Open House

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The GodinGreen homestead in Enfield was featured at our June 8 Homestead Farmers & Gardeners Gathering.

Saturday, July 12th

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Featured Homesteads:

1817 Homestead, Trumansburg, NY 11-4pm
The Dacha Project, Freeville, NY, 12-3 PM
Peasant Dreams Farm, Ithaca, NY, 1-4 PM
Stone Quarry House, Ithaca, NY 12-3 PM
White Hawk Ecovillage, Danby, NY 1-4 PM

Free and open to the public. Bring your family!

For our July Homesteaders Network event we are joining up with IthaCan and Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer the first annual Homestead Trail Open House featuring 5 different sites!

Your hosts will share with you a huge variety of homesteading practices, from gardening and food preservation techniques, to backyard poultry and livestock rearing, straw-bale and earth berm home construction, and off-grid living. Each site is a fascinating, inspiring, real-life example of contemporary homesteading. Tours are child-friendly and will take place rain or shine. Registration not required. For more information and directions click HERE.

Many thanks to our partners at IthaCan for coming up with the idea for the event and for organizing the host sites!


Incubator Farm Update

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Ye Myint (left) and his son Mo talk with Surik Mehrabyan about their crops at the Groundswell Incubator Farm.

Welcome Ye Myint!

2014 marks the second season for Groundswell's Incubator Farm at EcoVillage. We're very pleased to welcome Ye Myint, the newest farmer on the land, who joins Surik Mehrabyan and Damon Brangman who are now in their second year of farming.

Ye and his family are originally from Burma, and came to the United States in 2002. They lived for 8 years in South Carolina before moving to Ithaca in 2010. Ye had experience farming on a small scale with his father in Burma. Since moving to the US he has not had the opportunity to farm, but has worked for many years as a sushi-maker.

For his first growing season, Ye is concentrating on just two crops. In addition to cucumbers, which he hopes to sell to his sushi-making contacts, he is growing lots of Gongura, a leafy plant in the hibiscus family which is widely used in South Asian/Indian cuisine. It's hard to get in this area, and Ye hopes to be the first to provide it to local buyers.

Ye has the summer off from sushi making, and has been working super hard on his 1/4 acre plot . He gets a lot of help from his 19 year old son Mo, an engineering student at RIT, and other family members. We're so happy to have Ye and his family at the Incubator Farm!


Register Now for August 12 Organic Vegetable Growers Workshop at the Incubator Farm

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Volunteer with Groundswell!

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Build It And They Will Farm.

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. Currently we are looking for hard working outdoor enthusiasts to help out at the Groundswell Incubator Farm this summer. Flexible schedule.

Fall 2014 Internships

We are currently taking applications for the following Volunteer Positions for fall:

Community Event Coordinator

Groundswell Videographer

Trainee Profile Writer

Database Assistant

For more information contact us at


Donate your extra garden produce

Neighborhood Food Hubs make donations easy

Got more peas, carrots and lettuce than you can keep up with? Green beans coming out of your ears? Neighborhood Food Hubs make donating garden produce easy! Friendship Donations Network has organized nine sites to serve as donation drop-off spots in Ithaca, Groton, Danby and Dryden. A volunteer Hub Holder hosts a cooler on their front porch one day a week, which serves as the drop-off location for produce. The donations are distributed to food pantries, local meal programs, and individuals. The 2014 season runs July through September. For details contact: Meaghan Sheehan Rosen, Program Coordinator, Friendship Donations Network at 607-216-9522 or


Check out our Classified Ads

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There are several new listings on our Local Food & Farming Classifieds web pages. Here's a sample.

For Sale: Brown Swiss Calf

I have a Brown Swiss calf for sale to aspiring dairy farmer. Calf has good genetics, health, and disposition. Born 5/15/2014, suckles well, price, $100. More...

Blueberry Harvest Workers Needed

Workers needed mid-July thru the end of August. Marathon, NY. Tasks: Picking blueberries, sorting and packaging berries. Preparing picked berries for market. More...

Land for Grazing/Browsing

Possible small ruminant grazing/browsing opportunity in the Town of Ithaca. We have roughly 25 acres of meadow, brushland, and forest that is 1.5 miles from Greenstar and suitable for rotational grazing by small ruminants (sheep or goats). Facilities provided would include on-site water and could include access to electricity, but no fencing. More...

Seasonal Farm Assistant - Angelica, NY

The 130-acre farm is located in Angelica NY, about 70 miles S of Rochester and SE of Buffalo. Working with the 60+ year-old farmers, the Farm Assistant will participate in all aspects of a small crop and vegetable farm. The right candidate can develop many skills useful for starting or managing a small farm. More...


Become a Groundswell Member!

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Your contribution supports awesome on-farm programs like our new farmer-designed, farmer-led Holistic Organic Orchards Management Course.

Training new farmers is resource-intensive. We can't do it without the generous support of our members.

Your contribution is an investment in a strong and equitable regional food system.

Your membership contribution of $25 or more includes:

Discounts on Groundswell Programs
Free Admission to Groundswell Member Events
Opportunity to join the Groundswell Homesteaders Network
Opportunity to join the Groundswell CRAFT (aspiring commercial farmers only)
Monthly E-Newsletter
Very cool Membership Sticker!

Additional donations help support our work and our trainees.

Click here to make a secure online membership contribution today.

For more information, call us at (607) 319-5095 or email