Join us for an Apprenticeship Info Session!

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!

LUFP is the non-profit organization that operates Urbandale Farm.  Its mission is to produce fresh, affordable produce and to develop community-building programs, all in a sustainable way.  Find us online at:  http://www.lansingurbanfarmproject.wordpress.com.

  • Apprenticeships run from late April through October, 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 or Saturday 9am-3pm with some weekend work.
  • 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.
  • Graduates of our apprenticeship program are encouraged to consider the Lansing Roots program for their initial year(s) of farming.  Lansing Roots helps new farmers by offering low-cost access to land, mentoring, equipment, and help with marketing.
  • Apprenticeships are open to all Lansing-area residents, and we especially encourage applications from those who live in the Urbandale Farm service neighborhood (bordered by 496, Clemens, Kalamazoo, and 127).

Apprenticeship Program Information Session
 Monday, November 17 at 6pm
Foster Community Center, 200 N. Foster Ave, Room 209.

To RSVP or for more information, call 517-999-3916 or email lansingurbanfarmproject@gmail.com.

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Funding for LUFP apprenticeships is from USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program via the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

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This week at Allen Street Farmer’s Market

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Last Saturday Farm Stand of the Season

Join us on Saturday, September 27th for our final Urbandale Farm Stand of the season!  The farm stand is open from 10am-2pm and we’ll have a full table of produce plus several farm projects for volunteers including harvesting, compost maintenance, and preparing beds for winter.  This week we have:  delicious fall carrots, beets, baby lettuce mix, spicy mix, red and green sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, dino and curly kale, collards, garlic, onions, herbs, spaghetti squash, tomatillos, delicata squash, kohlrabi, and acorn squash!

While farm stand season is wrapping up, you can continue to find us at the Allen Street Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays 2:30-7pm! See you there!

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Veggie Wagon End-of-Season Celebration

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The Urbandale Farm Veggie Wagon Team completed a successful summer!  These neighborhood youth worked with an adult mentor to bring our produce to neighbors while learning business skills, harvesting techniques, and community-building skills.  The Veggie Wagon Team took the produce to the sidewalks, not unlike the ice-cream trucks, and they had a lot of fun doing it!  Congratulations!

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Urban Farmer Internship Opportunity

Looking for an opportunity to get outside, grow vegetables, get involved in the community, and learn about urban agriculture?  Consider an internship with the Lansing Urban Farm Project (LUFP)!

LUFP is seeking interns who have an interest in urban agriculture, 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 will include occasional lifting and carrying of heavy objects.  Interns will work with farm staff to winterize farm fields and plant, weed, tend, and harvest hoophouse crops.  Interns will help prepare for markets and farm stands, build community outreach, and complete other farm tasks.  Interns will work alongside farm apprentices and farm manager.

Internships will run through-December 5 (excluding the week of Thanksgiving) and will require 3-4 hours/week of on-site work.  Interns schedule their hours during our operating hours which are weekdays 8am-noon through the end of October and 1-4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays in November and December.  Contact us if you have any questions about the schedule as we may be able to accommodate other schedules too!

Interested applicants may submit a cover letter and resume with contact information to lansingurbanfarmproject@gmail.com. Questions?  Please contact us!

Sarah Fillius
Farm Manager
Lansing Urban Farm Project
1619 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 999-3916
lansingurbanfarmproject@gmail.com

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Veggie Wagon on the roll!

Urbandale Farm’s Veggie Wagon is serving fresh vegetables to Urbandale residents at the special neighborhood rate.  Call us today if you are in the neighborhood and want the Veggie Wagon to swing by your front door!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Stop by our markets this week!

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Stop by the Allen Street Market today until 7pm or Saturday at the farm from 10am-2pm! We have: Cherry tomatoes, Speckled Roma tomatoes, and big red tomatoes! Also, zucchini, filet beans, cucumbers, fresh onions, cabbage, kale, chard, baby lettuce mix, spicy mix, flowers, chives, basil, dill, and beets.

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