Groundswell wins 3-year USDA Grant
The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $707,727 to support training and business incubation programs for diverse beginning farmers in the central New York region.
"This is great news for beginning farmers and for our regional economy," says Joanna Green, Director of the Groundswell Center. "If you want to talk about green jobs for upstate New York, let's start with farming. Growing new farmers is essential to growing our world-class regional cuisine, and expanding agriculinary tourism. Agriculture is the perfect clean and green economic engine for our region."
The new funding comes from USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. It will enable Groundswell to expand its offerings of technical and business training for aspiring farmers, and to secure a second, much larger site for its Farm Business Incubator Program.