Updates from the Ground

Five Ways Farmers in Haiti Are Escaping the Poverty Cycle

In Haiti, we are working with thousands of farmers like Jasper in Savanette. They do not want to be ‘given’ help – they want the opportunity to lead their own community development processes. Community participation and leadership are essential for any kind of sustainable change. Groundswell International and our local partners support family farmers to […]

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Will your seeds grow?

Dear Friends, Jasper is determined to succeed. He is determined that the seeds he plants this spring, on his farm in Savanette, Haiti, will produce enough food for his family for the year, and extra to sell for income so that his children can go to school. We think he has a good chance. Because […]

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Lankoande Francois, Re-creating Farmland in Burkina Faso

In 2012, Lankoande Francois’ land in eastern Burkina Faso was barren. He could not produce enough food for his family. Then Groundswell International and our partner organization, Association Nourrir Sans Détruire (ANSD), began to work with Lankoande and other families in the area to improve their farms.  Lankoande and his family tried a number of […]

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Groundswell is a Finalist for the WeWork Awards!

Last night our Executive Director, Steve Brescia, represented Groundswell International at the WeWork Creator Awards, were we were one of 13 finalists from nearly 1,700 applications. We were blown away by all the mission-driven companies who presented and are extremely excited to have won a year of free rent from WeWork! In his pitch, Steve […]

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Groundswell’s New Book Fertile Ground is Now Available!

We are excited to announce that Groundswell International’s new book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up, is now available for purchase! As stated in the book’s introduction: “There are about 2.5 billion people in the world, on 500 million farms, involved with smallholder family agriculture and food production. Their creative capacity to farm […]

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Addis Ababa Declaration on Agroecology, Ecological Organic Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

From our friends at the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa: The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Mekelle University in Ethiopia, the Ecological Organic Agricultural Initiative (EOAI), IFOAM – Organics International, and the African Organic Network (AfrOnet) organized a three day conference,  23rd and the 26 of November 2016, entitled “Changing Food Systems […]

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Groundswell is Hiring

Groundswell International is hiring! We have two new positions available to join our growing team: Operations Coordinator (full-time based in Washington, DC) and Communications and Marketing Consultant (part-time, preferably located in DC). Founded in 2009, our mission is to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up. We function […]

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Building an Agroecology Movement in Honduras, Excerpt from Upcoming Book Release

Last month, we shared details about our upcoming book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up. The book showcases the stories of farmers from nine countries around the world and the successes and challenges of working with these farmers to spread ecological agriculture, or agroecology. We are excited to share an excerpt from the […]

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From factory laborers to stewards of the land: how one Honduran family found resilience back at the farm

Mirna Barahona, Edgardo Garcia and their three sons live in El Tule community, in the western department of Santa Barbara, Honduras. When they are not in school, the boys work with their parents on their 3.4-acre shade coffee plantation, or tend to their corn and beans food crops, spread across three different fields that together […]

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Sneak Peek Book Release, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up

This spring we will be releasing our new book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up. The book is edited by Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell International, and showcases the work we have been supporting with our partners around the world, as well as other allies, to build a food and farming system […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Regenerate in 2017

Dear Friends, Now more than ever, we need to create farming, food systems and local economies that regenerate our land, our families’ health, and our communities.  We also need to regenerate our hope, solidarity and commitment. That is what Groundswell International is all about – connecting circles of people who work together to build that […]

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