Building the Root Cellar at EcoVillage Ithaca


Learn@EcoVillageIthaca is a non-profit education organization that partners with EcoVillage at Ithaca and others to deliver sustainability education. The Village generously supports this work, serving as launching point and living lab for many programs.

While the three neighborhoods are organized as housing cooperatives, and EVI Inc. stewards the beautiful land, Learn@EcoVillageIthaca shares skills, knowledge and experience through a variety of educational opportunities. We coordinate tours, host immersion programs, and offer workshops and service learning experiences. Learn@EcoVillage  is a project of the Center for Transformative Action, our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.

Launchedin 2009, the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming serves the needs of beginning farmers, homesteaders and food justice activists.  While the Welcome Home! EPA Climate Showcase Community initiative focuses on green building professionals such as architects, city planners, energy consultants and developers.

Our staff includes 2 full-time and 3 part-time members, and countless talented and generous volunteers.

Liz Walker, Executive Director, Learn@EcoVillageIthacaLIz Walker, Executive Director and Co-Founder has provided vision, leadership and prodigious hard work since the founding of EcoVillage at Ithaca in 1991. As collaborator, she has helped launch the Global EcoVillage Network and the GED curriculum, along with many sustainability initiatives in Ithaca NY. Her lifetime  of experience as a grassroots organizer for peace and environmental groups give her a deep appreciation and commitment to building a new future that works for all. She is a engaging presenter, published author and welcoming friend to all who encounter her.


Joanna Green, Director of GroundswellJoanna Green, Groundswell Director  has 30 years of experience as a pioneer in sustainable agriculture and regional food systems development. Before retiring from Cornell University in 2009, she served in Extension Associate  positions with the Cornell Small Farms Program, the Community, Food and Agriculture Program, and Farming Alternatives Program. She is the coauthor of Growing Home: A Guide to Reconnecting Agriculture, Food and Communities, and Farming Alternatives: A Guide to Evaluating the Feasibility of New Farm-Based Enterprises. She produces much of her family’s food on a 2-acre homestead farm in Enfield, NY.

Sara Culotta, Operations Director, is an entrepreneur and seasoned businesswoman committed to sustainability and social justice. A natural “organizational coach,” she owned and operated Business is Blooming for over a decade and has deep roots in the Ithaca community.

Devon Van Noble, Incubator Farm Development Coordinator

Aileen Fitzke, Visit Coordinator and support staff

Our Learn@ EcoVillage Board of Directors:

David Kay (Chair), Peter Bardaglio, Dennise Belmaker, Jeff Gilmore, Laureen Golden, Stephanie Greenwood, Steve Nicholson, Jan Norman, Fred Schoeps, Francis Vanek

Groundswell Steering Committee has many dedicated volunteers.

We are a membership organization and welcome your participation in our work. Please contact us at to get involved.