“Groundswell was established in response to the urgent need to train and support a new generation of farmers and ‘food citizens.’ We engage diverse learners and empower them with skills, knowledge and access to resources so they can build sustainable land-based livelihoods and equitable local food systems. We provide practical and applicable experience-based education and business incubation through a network of successful local farms and partner organizations.
We are an initiative of Learn@EcoVillageIthaca. West Haven Farm is our main campus, with our Incubator Farm next door.
We envision a Finger Lakes region that has a well-developed food and agriculture system comprised of many locally-owned and operated small and mid-sized farms, farm support businesses, processing firms, and distribution organizations. We envision that all community members have access to healthful and affordable regional agricultural products including food, fiber, energy, medicines, and building materials. Opportunities to become farmers are available to all, and farmers have the skills and resources, including land and a supportive community, to be successful. Our vibrant regional food system protects the gifts of clean air, water, land, life, and natural resources, and provides diverse entrepreneurial opportunities for those who were once most economically insecure in our communities.” (Source)