Groundswell News August 2014 Draft Animal Practicum at Northland Introduction to Draft Animal Power Saturday & Sunday Sept 20-21, 9 AM - 3PM Lea

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Groundswell News August 2014


Draft Animal Practicum at Northland

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Introduction to Draft Animal Power

Saturday & Sunday

Sept 20-21, 9 AM - 3PM

Lead Instructor: Donn Hewes
Location: Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY

Join us for an amazing two-day, hands-on experience. Donn Hewes is an experienced teamster and a passionate educator, and loves teaching others how to think like a horse. This is your chance to learn the basics of working with draft horses and mules. Our trainees absolutely LOVE this class!

Groundswell Member Sliding Scale Tuition: $125 to $290 for two days. For more information click HERE. To register send email to


Incubator Farm 2015 applications now open


Mo Myint trellises cucumbers on his father's plot at the Incubator Farm.

Click HERE to download 2015 Application Materials

We're now accepting applications for the 2015 season at the Groundswell Incubator Farm, located in the Town of Ithaca, at EcoVillage.

At the Farm, you can rent a quarter-acre plot that comes equipped with drip irrigation, tools and equipment including a walk-behind tractor, storage shed, 8-foot deer fence, and a hoophouse. Incubator Farmers also receive one-on-one mentoring from experienced farmers, and participate in a variety of training workshops, Groundswell’s Farm Business Planning Course, and the Finger Lakes CRAFT network.

To be considered for early-decisions, applications are due by November 21st. However applications will continue to be accepted until February 1st, 2015. Please contact us now to get the conversation started. Our Incubator Coordinator, Devon Van Noble, can be reached at or (607)319-5095. More...


Finger Lakes CRAFT


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We had an awesome CRAFT session at Main Street Farms in July. Main Street is an urban aquaponics farm, organic plant nursery, and education center in Homer, NY. Partners Allan Gandelman and Bobcat Bonagura are both Groundswell grads, and as new CRAFT Mentor Farmers this year, they are totally inspired and inspiring!

They grow in both water and dirt, utilizing aquaponics techniques (aquaculture plus hydroponics) to raise tilapia in tanks. Waste water from the fish is used to fertilize the hydroponic lettuce and herb crops. The plants in turn clean the water for the fish in a closed loop cycle, creating a symbiotic relationship. Read more...


The next CRAFT gathering is September 15 at Good Life Farm in Interlaken. CRAFT membership is open to all farm interns, employees, aspiring and experienced farmers. The CRAFT meets monthly at each of 6 Mentor Farms. To join click HERE*.


Homesteaders Network

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Next Gathering September 14

Our Homestead Farmers & Gardeners group gathered at Philip Snyder's place in Lansing on August 10 to see his awesome garden and permaculture-inspired orchard.

Philip uses a variety of season extension techniques to harvest fresh produce 365 days of the year. His unusual orchard features diverse understory plantings of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Insects, birds, toads, snakes and all manner of creatures abound.

We meet once a month. The next gathering is Sunday, August 14, 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Fresh Roots Homestead. For more information and to join Groundswell's Homesteaders Network, click HERE.


Groundswell's Incubator Farm welcomes New Americans

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ESL students from TST-BOCES visit the Incubator Farm.

We're fortunate to have people from all over the world living right here in Tompkins County. Many come here to teach or to study. But for others, leaving their home country was a matter of survival, not choice.

Thankfully, there are organizations, teachers, sponsors, and church-based groups who are helping to connect New Americans with the things they need to create a new life here in Tompkins County.

Many New Americans bring a huge amount of farming experience from their home countries. The community gardens in Ithaca have long provided an opportunity to grow food, including favorite items from their home cuisine that aren't available in local stores. And now the Groundswell Incubator Farm offers New Americans the opportunity to grow even more food for their families, their communities, and for the marketplace. More...


Volunteer with Groundswell!

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Youth Horticulture Apprentices volunteering at the Incubator 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. We can always use the help of hard working outdoor enthusiasts at the Groundswell Incubator Farm. Flexible schedule.

Fall 2014 Volunteer positions:

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

Crowd Funding Assistant

Community Event Coordinator

Web Communications Assistant

Database Assistant (using CiviCRM)

For more information contact us at


Become a Groundswell Member!

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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
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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