Groundswell News January 2015 From the Director I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who contributed during our year-end fundraising

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Groundswell News January 2015

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From the Director

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who contributed during our year-end fundraising campaign! Every gift is helping to build a strong, resilient and equitable food system for our region.

If you haven't yet made a donation, it's never too late...

Click HERE to donate now.

Thank you so much for being part of this Groundswell!

Joanna Green


Last chance to register for our 2015 Farm Business Planning course!

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Hone your business skills this winter!

Classes begin January 15

Ten Thursdays, 6-9 PM

Jan 15 - Mar 19, 2015

Our Farm Business Planning Course is designed for the serious beginning farmer who needs a plan. It's also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills.

Ten weekly sessions cover all major aspects of the farm business planning process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. Read more.

NOTE: Participation in the Farm Business Planning Course is limited to applicants who:
* Have at least one year of hands-on farming experience;
* Have a clear business concept and expect to get started within one year, or are in already in business; and
* Can fully commit to an intensive ten-week course with substantial outside research and homework.

Apply Online Now!


Year Round High Tunnels course begins February 9

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Groundswell trainees tour one of the high tunnels at Plowbreak Farm.

Groundswell is teaming up with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and local Mentor Farmers to offer a new season-long course on growing, managing and marketing high tunnel crops.

High tunnels are becoming a must have tool for produce farmers looking to extend the season in spring and fall, and to protect crops from weather, pests and disease during the growing season. If you are considering the purchase of a high tunnel or want to become more proficient at using tunnels you have, this series is for you.

An Introduction to High Tunnels workshop will be held on MONDAY, February 9, from 1-4 PM at Good Life Farm in Interlaken. For those looking for more in-depth technical training, a 27-hour Year-Round High Tunnels Course will be offered, with monthly sessions March through November. Read more.

Class size is limited so please register early! Email us at


Applications due for Farm Business Incubator Program

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ESL students from TST-BOCES visit the Incubator Farm.

The Groundswell Farm Business Incubator program is designed to provide support and resources to beginning producers who need affordable access to land.

Participants can farm on 1/8 acre or 1/4 acre plots in their 1st year, and are able to apply for additional space, up to ½ acre, in their 2nd year. Read more.

We'll be reviewing applications for the 2015 season at Groundswell's Incubator Farm on January 20, so if you're interested, please contact us right away.

To apply call 607-319-5095 or email


Resource Spotlight: Cornell Small Farms Program

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Our partners at the Cornell Small Farms Program offer a huge array of useful resources for beginning and established farmers. Check these out...

Guide to Farming in NYS

This Guide is an essential resource, providing answers to questions about taxes, business planning, labor law, zoning, regulations, marketing, funding opportunities and many other topics that farmers need to know.

Beginning Farmers Online Resource Center

Find answers to common questions, register for a variety of online courses, watch production videos and interviews with farmers, work through planning tutorials, and much more.

Small Farms Program E-newsletters

These bi-monthly updates bring you the latest info on agricultural events, funding opportunities, resources, and small farm related job opportunities from around New York State and the Northeast.

Small Farms Quarterly

A quarterly magazine for the Northeast region, with articles that inspire and inform farm families and their supporters. Read online or subscribe to the print edition, delivered to your mailbox.


This section on the Small Farms Program website features a library of funding opportunities.


Please support our work.

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Training new farmers is resource-intensive.

We can't do it without the generous support of individual and business donors. Your contribution is an investment in a sustainable and equitable regional food system.

Click HERE to make a secure online donation today.

You can also show your support by becoming a Groundswell Member. Membership provides you with:

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
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Become a Groundswell Member HERE.

Groundswell is a Project Partner of the not-for-profit Center for Transformative Action. For more information, call us at (607) 319-5095 or email