CNC collaborator Groundswell Center has released their annual report summarizing their activities for 2018. The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is dedicated to supporting and developing a new generation of farmers focused on sustainable agricultural practices in the Finger Lakes region.
Income for 2018 was mainly split between government grants (52%) and foundation grants (38%), with a total of 75% of revenues being used for programs and 23% split between administrative and development expenses.
Achievements for the year included recruitment of 206 farmers into the Farming for Justice Network, and a total of nine farm businesses participating on the incubator farm. Groundswell staff engaged in over 60 hours of 1:1 consultations with farmers on business practices and were able to educate a total of 248 farmers in justice or agricultural workshops.
Their goals for 2019 include greater farmer engagement with a target of reaching 800 farmers/growers through educational initiatives and consultations; expansion of the Farming for Justice network by another 200 growers; greater outreach to the community; and completing the purchase of a 103 acre farm to help provide access to “startup” land for aspiring farmers and build equity.
Keep up the great work!
- Access the annual report here.