Welcome to Groundswell

Groundswell’s mission
is to help youth and adult learners develop the skills and knowledge they need to build sustainable local food systems. Our focus is providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with real working farms and food businesses in the Ithaca area. Through collaboration with area schools, colleges and universities, Groundswell offers programs of study for beginning farmers, students, community members, and professionals.

Groundswell is an initiative of the EcoVillage Center for Sustainability Education in Ithaca, NY, which is a project of the Center for Transformative Action. Visit the Groundswell website to learn more about our programs, initiatives and resources.

Wednesday, October 7

Local Foods Tapas and Cafe Concert- October 17, 2009

Help us build the Groundswell!
Back-to-Back Benefit Events October 17, 2009
Join us for an Evening of Local Foods Tapas and a Café Concert Featuring Favorite Ithaca Artists

On Saturday October 17th join the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming for an autumn evening affair featuring local foods tapas, Finger Lakes wine, and fresh-pressed cider along with a ‘café concert’ where you can enjoy desserts, coffee, and tea while listening to some of Ithaca’s favorite singer-songwriters. Proceeds from this event, held at the EcoVillage Common House on Rachel Carson Way in Ithaca, NY will benefit the educational programs of both Groundswell and its parent organization, the EcoVillage Center for Sustainability Education.
The evening kicks off at 5:00pm with a tour of the EcoVillage co-housing community and West Haven Farm, followed by a reception featuring tapas crafted from food grown at West Haven farm and other local farms as well as wine produced on the shores of Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. During the reception, meet the farmers and educators involved in Groundswell and the Center for Sustainability Education and learn more about how you can tap into these efforts in the local community.
Beginning at 7:00pm, enjoy a café-style concert, showcasing singer-songwriters Patti Witten and Jody Kessler, acoustic duo “Littlewheel,” and – reuniting for the first time in 25 years– “Lorelei,” featuring the stunning vocal harmonies of Kessler, Witten and Groundswell Center Director Joanna Green. Ticket prices begin at $30.00 for the tour and reception, $25.00 for the café concert, and for the entire evening, a special price of $45.00. To purchase tickets, send an email to info@groundswellcenter.org or call 379-9270.

Saturday, October 3

Farm to Fork: Tapping the Groundswell in Farm-Based Education

A 2009 Finger Lakes Bioneers Conference Session
Sunday October 18, 11AM - 12noon

Ithaca College

Panelists for our session:
  • Todd McLane, Farm Manager, West Haven Farm, Ithaca, NY. What's up with the exploding farm-based education movement? What's Groundswell and what sorts of farm-based education programs are we offering?

  • Chelsea Brous and Parker MacDonald, students at Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca. Our experiences with farm-based education at Lehman Alternative Community School - What do teachers and students get out of it?

  • Rebecca Rodomsky-Bish, Science Faculty, New Roots Charter School, Ithaca, NY. How are New Roots teachers and students using farm-based education to address sustainability issues and meet academic expectations?

  • Kelly Wessel, Chair, Environmental Studies, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY. What's the potential of FBE for community college students and educators? What is the potential for a TC3-Groundswell Certificate Program?

  • Joanna Green, Director, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Ithaca, NY. Moderator.

Break-out groups

  • Farmers, with Todd. How can farmers get involved in Farm-Based Education?

  • Teachers, with Rebecca and Kelly. How can teachers tap into Farm-Based Education?

  • Students, with Joanna and LACS student. How can students get involved in Farm-Based Education?

To register for the Bioneers Conference visit www.wemakeourfuture.org.