Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is training the next generation of sustainable farmers in the Finger Lakes. They support individuals to develop agricultural skills and grow profitable, equitable, and ecologically sound farm businesses. Groundswell works to dismantle racism in the food system by integrating topics of equity and justice in all of their programming and prioritizing support for underrepresented producers including people of color, refugees, women, and individuals with limited resources. Guided by their commitment to a just and sustainable food system, Groundswell programming is led by farmers and mentors active in food, farming, or social justice. By empowering people with skills, knowledge, and access to resources, together we can build a more diverse, equitable food system that enriches the environment and increases biodiversity.
As a Regional Navigator, Groundswell will serve as a "matchmaker" between farmers seeking land and landowners. Their central focus in this area of work will be on land linking and transfer of land ownership to beginning farmers, especially black, Indigenous, and farmers of color (BIPOC) in an effort to support land access and support an increase in the number of BIPOC farmers in the Finger Lakes region. While there are land linking platforms regionally and around the country, Groundswell is committed to doing their part to ensure that these services and programs also center the voices and land desires of people of color and leverage the resources of landholders. Groundswell will continue their efforts to have face-to-face interaction, offer individualized support to beginning farmers (including language interpretation), and build trust and relationships across sectors.