Workshops related to food systems and/or community development.

Location TBD
Please bring a bag lunch!
Cost: sliding scale $15 – $50, no one turned away for lack of funds

Looking to deepen your understanding of food justice and your own role in creating a just local food system? Attend this one day participatory workshop with Laura Arias from the Youth Farm Project and Kate Cardona from Groundswell Center!

We will explore:
  • The meanings of food justice and food sovereignty
  • The historical roots of racism and oppression in the U.S. food system
  • Food system issues such as land access, workers’ rights, food access and corporate control
  • Our own roles in both upholding and undoing oppression in the food system
  • Resistance projects nationally and locally that address food injustice and ways to plug in
  • Strategies for collective healing and more



During our time together, we will do activities involving movement, theater, art, and small group discussion! We hope that you join us as your effort to understand this challenging topic will allow you to better serve everyone in your community.
Coming up
Building Permanent Raised Beds: Nov 18, 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Farm Business Planning Course: 8 Weeks Jan - Mar 2018, Dates TBA
Event Date 12/9/2017 10:00 am ET
Event End Date 12/9/2017 3:30 pm ET
Individual Price Discounts available

Location: Just Be Cause Center, Ithaca, NY 14850



Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will again be conducting the 5th annual Farm Business Planning Course beginning in January 2018. This 9-session course is specifically for people in the early to mid stages of developing an agricultural business.  Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating a few years and want to become more strategic in how you move forward, this course will help you expand and increase viability and social impacts. The course is taught by a team of farmer educators, social justice activists, and farm business instructors. Course participants are able to take advantage of one-to-one guidance and support from any course instructors during the course to support individual business goals or learning needs.



More info:



Step 1: Fill out the written application here or in our office.

Step 2: After submitting a written application, fill out the registration form and submit $50 deposit

Event Date 12/9/2017 6:00 pm ET
Event End Date 3/6/2018 9:00 pm ET
Individual Price Discounts available

Location: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, Moot Court Room, Dartmouth, MA 02747


Join presenter Mary O'Neal, Partner at Conn Kavanaugh and employment law expert, for a workshop that will provide an overview of key employment issues that farmers need to know. From apprenticeships to agricultural minimum wage, the workshop will cover key topics that come up on the farm and provide attendees with an agricultural employment law handbook. It will also include case studies that provide an opportunity to apply the topics to real situations.




Event Date 12/12/2017 4:00 pm ET
Event End Date 12/12/2017 6:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free

Location: Red Lion Inn Room: East Ballroom
607 E Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901



The PSA Grower Training curriculum was developed by the Produce Safety
Alliance, a collaboration between Cornell University, USDA and FDA. This
course satisfies the training requirement for farms subject to the FDA Produce
Rule. The training is a great way for farms of all sizes to better understand
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and prepare their operation to meet FDA
standards, whether or not their farm is covered. Please join the Washington
State Department of Agriculture, Washington State University and other key
partners working to make these courses available.



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Event Date 12/14/2017 8:00 am ET
Event End Date 12/14/2017 5:00 pm ET
Individual Price $100.00



Quality Certification Services will be holding multiple food safety courses throughout Florida between January and May 2018. Sign up today to ensure a spot near you!



The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule has established minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. In order to help growers understand the Produce Safety Rule and how it may affect their farm, Quality Certification Services (an accredited organic and food safety certification agency) is offering grower specific trainings throughout the state of Florida.



The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course provides a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’



Please see below for upcoming training dates throughout the state of Florida. You can find additional information about the course along with registration information online at



-JANUARY 4, 2018

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

-JANUARY 18, 2018

Live Oak, FL (Venue TBA)

-FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Florida FFA Leadership Training Center, Haines City, FL

-FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Jackson County Agricultural Complex, Marianna, FL

-MARCH 8, 2018

Tavares, FL (Venue TBA)

-MARCH 22, 2018

Fort Pierce, FL (Venue TBA)

-APRIL 12, 2018

West Palm Beach, FL (Venue TBA)

-May 2, 2018




The cost to attend is $35.00, and this includes your course manual and certificate from AFDO. If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to assist in any way that I can. We hope to see you all at a training!

Event Date 1/18/2018
Individual Price $35.00