Bloodnick Family Farm, Apalachin, NY Workshop Cost: $20-$50, sliding scale. Registration is Required. Register here by Thursday September 5th: Seed Saving is a quintessential aspect of sustainable farming. It allows for a greater connection with the food being grown, the growing process itself and the cultivation of a crop through its entire reproductive system. By saving seeds we learn to be totally sufficient on the land! Lisa Bloodnick, from Bloodnick Family Farms, a well-known seed steward, who has been growing out rare seeds for the Experimental Farm Network, amongst others, will be sharing some of her knowledge and practices, so that you too can start saving your own seeds to grow your own food and medicine! Bloodnick Family Farm is a diverse, horse powered family farm serving our community sustainably raised produce since 1992. We have operated our popular CSA for 25 years. In addition to raising produce, herbs and flowers we also raise a small flock of heritage breed sheep and make maple syrup. Lisa is also very involved with seed saving and is working on several special projects. She maintains a collection featuring among many things, approximately 1000 bean varieties. More information on the Groundswell Center Website here:
Join Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women and learn basic carpentry skills and build strength and self-sufficiency while connecting with others in the community! In last year’s course, students built siding on the Groundswell Incubator Farm’s new wash station. This workshop will continue the work completed by the 2018 cohort and finish the wash station via constructing the side walls. Visit our website for more information and the registration link!
Join Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres for a detailed look at human scale water management in the landscape. For 10 years he’s been slowly evolving how water moves, stores, shifts, releases, etc in a 6 acre challenging site. All with hand tools. We’ll see small scale ponds, silt traps, swales, contour raised beds and discuss the many techniques and approaches you can use in your landscape to gently and steadily suggest paths and resting spaces for water. The key focus with this talk is to help people feel empowered to start making small shifts with the tools they have and evolve the system over time. You can do all this! Cost: $15-40, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Part 2 will discussing larger farm scale water management techniques. Please visit our website for more information and the registration link.
Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to our decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems. Soul Fire Farm, cofounded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid. And now, with the new book Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim our rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. Join us to learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
June 26 Event to Focus on the Interest in Growing Local Grains — Come discover whether a grain enterprise can work for your farm—
This two-day workshop includes lectures and field work that will focus on overall soil health and a balanced farm system, which can be achieved through the following areas: cover cropping, compost, biodiversity, and Biodynamic field sprays. You’ll come away with practical information to incorporate one, or all, of these practices into your own vineyard.
Bridgeport is hosting a 1.5-day community workshop on the topic of local foods and its potential for strengthening our local economy, supporting healthier people and neighborhoods, and revitalizing our downtown.
Groundswell Center is hosting an open field day on soil science and weeds at the Incubator Farm.
Farming couple share the evolution of their backyard garden into a full-time vocation
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