With a big thanks to all of the spring interns and volunteers who prepped the onion beds and planted them! Also to Foodshed Farm for growing our onion plants. They are beautiful!
LUFP is offering seven unpaid urban farmer internships for summer 2014! Interns work with farm staff to plant, weed, tend, and harvest crops. They also help prepare for markets, participate in community outreach, and complete other farm tasks and projects.
Qualified applicants will have strong communication skills, a desire to work as part of a farm team, willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions and the ability to perform a diverse set of farm tasks that includes lifting and carrying heavy objects (as much as 40 lbs at times).
Schedule: One day/week internships run from May 7th-August 22nd either on Wednesdays 8am-noon or Thursdays 8am-noon. Monthly internships are Tuesdays-Fridays 8am-noon for one month in either May, June, July, or August. Specify availability in cover letter.
Interested applicants may email a cover letter and resume with contact information to Sarah at lansingurbanfarmproject(at)gmail.com by Monday, April 21st. Questions?
Urbandale Farm Manager
Lansing Urban Farm Project
1619 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912
MSU’s Ecological Food and Farm Stewardship Club would like to invite you to attend a film screening we are holding on April 10th- Growing Cities: A Film about Urban Farming in America.
About the Film
Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize neighborhoods and change the way we eat. You can learn more about the film and check out a great trailer here! Prior to the film, we will here from Lansing’s own Urbandale Farm manager and co-director about their experiences in urban farming. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
The screening will be held on April 10th in room 112 of Brody Hall located on 241 Brody Service Rd (on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Harrison), East Lansing. Doors open at 6pm, program starts at 6:30. This event is open to the public and we ask that you might pass this along to others who might be interested!
There were a lot of changes on the farm from the beginning to the end of March. Here’s to a glorious spring!
If it feels like spring in the hoop house, then winter can’t last forever! At least that’s how we felt after smelling the sweet smell of earth and greens while planting carrots, beets, spicy mix, and baby lettuce salad mix last week. A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped prepare the beds and then seed them!
Looking for an opportunity to learn how to start an urban farm, grow fresh produce, and gain marketing experience? Enjoy working with others, getting involved in your community, and being outdoors? Consider an apprenticeship with the Lansing Urban Farm Project (LUFP) at Urbandale Farm! Join us on Tuesday, March 11th to learn more about the Urbandale Farm Apprenticeship Program!
Apprentice Info Session
Foster Community Center
200 N. Foster Ave, Room 209
To RSVP or for more information, call 517-999-3916.
- Apprenticeships run from April 29 through October 31, about 20 hours/week, and include a mix of instruction, farm work, market experience, and field trips.
- The standard schedule is 8am-noon, Tuesday through Friday with a rotating schedule of markets either Wednesday, 1pm-8pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; or Wednesday continuing until 2pm; rotating with some weeks with no markets. Apprentices also cover essential weekend duties for up to 4 scheduled weekends.
- Apprentices receive a stipend of $4000 over the course of the program. No more than 5 program days may be missed throughout the whole program.
- Apprenticeships are open to all Lansing residents, and we especially encourage applications from those who live in the Urbandale Farm service neighborhood (bordered by 496, Clemens, Kalamazoo, and 127).
Funding for LUFP apprenticeships is from USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program via the Greater Lansing Food Bank.