The following is a community announcement from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, email

ITHACA, N.Y. — Celebrate spring and food justice in community with Leah Penniman, renowned co-director of Soul Fire Farm near Albany, NY! Leah is an an educator, farmer, writer, and food justice activist committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system, reconnecting marginalized communities to land, and upholding our responsibility to steward the land the nourishes us.

She will give a keynote talk called “Uprooting Racism in the Food System: A Legacy of Resistance” on March 23rd at Southside Community Center in Ithaca. We will also share a community dinner generously provided by Moosewood Restaurant, Maxie’s Supper Club, and Healthy Food for All’s network of farmers and volunteer chefs. The event will kick-off with dinner and performances by a local youth dance troop at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. local leaders will make some announcements and welcome the speaker, who will speak until 8 p.m.

Organized by Groundswell Center and several other community-based organizations, this is an opportunity to celebrate the start of the growing season and the lengthening days, eat a nourishing meal among neighbors, and learn together about powerful examples of resistance to an oppressive food system and how to actively build alternatives!

  • Date: Friday, March 23rd, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Southside Community Center, 305 South Plain Street, Ithaca
  • Cost (Dinner Included): Sliding Scale $5-$15. Tickets at or via phone 607-319-5095.

Featured image by Capers Rumph. Provided.