Updates from the Ground

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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West Africa Visit in Photos

Two members of our coordination team recently returned from a trip to West Africa to meet with our colleagues and partners, and the farmers we work with to build a healthier and more equitable food system from the ground up. Their trip led them to a Groundswell regional conference in Ghana where our partners from […]

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In Memory of Paul Milburn

On November 25, Groundswell International lost a tremendous friend and supporter. Paul Milburn, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, died at the age of 85. From our founding in 2009, Paul has been one of Groundswell’s most generous and faithful supporters. Steve Brescia, Groundswell’s Executive Director, said: “Paul helped us with initial seed funding to create our program […]

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Food Sovereignty Stories, a panel discussion at the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples conference

In late October 2016, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples held their bi-annual conference in Lima, Peru with an emphasis this year on Buen Vivir, or Sumak Kawsay, the social philosophy of good living principles that indigenous communities around the world share in common. Groundswell International partners teamed up with other Indigenous leaders and scholars to […]

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Empower family farmers by joining us on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. By participating in #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016 you become part of a worldwide movement of generosity and empowerment. This #GivingTuesday, we’ve set a goal to empower 100 farmers, […]

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