Support Urbandale Farm’s Apprenticeship Program

Urbandale Farm is asking the community for help!  Lansing’s first urban farm has launched a crowd funding campaign to support its apprenticeship program.

When you support our Apprenticeship program, you are:

Investing in Lansing:
Urbandale Farm is dedicated to growing community, connecting people, and making our neighborhood more stable. Urbandale Farm’s apprentices are usually people from the neighborhood, Lansing residents who love this place and want to see it be better and stronger.

Creating Jobs:
The apprenticeship program is training people how to farm. Many of our graduates go on to start their own farms or work on area farms with their new skills. Urbandale graduates are competent and very employable.

Supporting Local Agriculture:
Together with the farmer, the apprentices make Urbandale Farm run. Apprentices sow seeds, water, weed, and harvest. They staff the markets and are vital to the operations on the farm. 3 apprentices is the critical number to operate the farm well.

Changing Lives:
I know more than one graduate who would say that the Apprenticeship program had a significant impact on their lives. The Urbandale Apprenticeship program is unique in that it actually PAYS people to learn how to farm, which removes many barriers to acquiring training. By supporting our program, you are allowing the next generation of farmers the chance to learn, which will not only change their lives, but foster change in our community and food system at large.

So how can you help? Donate HERE at our Patronicity page.

Urbandale Farm is operated by the Lansing Urban Farm Project (501c3); all donations are tax deductable to the extent allowed by law.

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Now Accepting Applications!


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Info Session this Thursday!

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2016 Apprenticeship Info Sessions


Urbandale Farm is currently seeking Apprentices for the 2016 season!

Apprenticeships run from late April through October, about 20 hours/week, and include a mix of instruction, farm work, market experience, and field trips. There is a stipend of at least $3,000 for the season.

To learn more, join us for one of our info sessions:

Allen Market Place Conference Room
1629 E. Kalamazoo St.
(Enter through the north door of the complex)

Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 pm
or Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 pm

To RSVP or for more information, call 517.999.3916 or email

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Welcome to our New Farmer!

The Lansing Urban Farm Project is happy to introduce Caitlin Schneider, our new Farm Manager at Urbandale Farm! Caitlin is a former Urbandale apprentice and has also grown at Lansing Roots.

Caitlin sorting garlic at Urbandale Farm in 2012.

Caitlin sorting garlic at Urbandale Farm in 2012.

We bid a fond farewell and many thanks to Katherine for her care and nurturing of the farm this past season.

We look forward to a bountiful 2016 and invite you to visit us and support local food in Lansing!

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Lansing Urban Farm Project is Looking for a New Farmer! Great Opportunity!

Request for Applications:

The Lansing Urban Farm Project (LUFP) seeks applications from qualified individuals (or partners) to become the Farmer(s) at Urbandale Farm in Lansing, MI, beginning as early as December 1, 2015.

The Farmer position comes with the following assets:

  1. Use of six lots currently leased from the Ingham County Land Bank with good potential for leasing additional vacant lots within walking distance.  Organic practices have been used for the past six seasons, with regular applications of compost and cover crops.
  1. Use of all tools, equipment, and structures belonging to the Lansing Urban Farm Project, including a 30’X48’ hoop house, a small wash-pack area, a shed, a covered farm stand, five refrigerators, sufficient hand tools for a crew of five, market tent, and tables).   We do not own farm machinery except for a lawn mower.   LUFP owns a 1999 mini-van that would be available for farm-related travel.
  1. Access to Ingham County Land Bank tilling and other tractor services for a small fee.
  1. Income for Farmer: The Farmer(s) would be able to keep all proceeds from produce sales beyond fees paid annually to the Lansing Urban Farm Project to be used for its non-profit missions (amount to be determined, but likely between $500 and $1000 a year).    There will be at least $12,000 available to fund apprenticeship stipends and/or other expenses.
  1. After mid-May, 2016, the two-bedroom house next to the main farm site (653 S. Hayford) is available to rent for $350/month.
  1. Urbandale Farm is known to many Lansing-area residents as a source of good produce and as a place to learn about urban farming. That reputation and access to our regular markets are considerable assets.

In return, Lansing Urban Farm Project would expect to negotiate a contract with the Farmer(s) that includes (a) any annual fees due to LUFP; (b) methods and timing of reports to the LUFP Board about the farm; and (c) the Farmer’s agreement with the following conditions.

  1. The Farmer(s) would pay for land leases and all costs related to production and marketing of produce. LUFP would pay for any events and projects not tied directly to produce sales.   Details will be spelled out in the contract.
  1. We request at least a two-year renewable commitment from the Farmer(s). In turn, LUFP would agree to keep the Farmer(s) for that period of time, barring mutually-agreed-upon reasons to terminate the contract early. If the Farmer(s) decide to leave after the second season, we request at least three months notice.
  1. We expect the Farmer(s) to continue to serve Eastside residents through the weekly Allen Street Farmers Market (for at least the outdoor season, plus as many winter markets as feasible); on-site Farm Stand, with discounts for Urbandale residents and use of EBT payments (times and days of Farm Stand to be set by the Farmer); participation with the Lansing Roots and Hunter Park GardenHouse CSA’s, as negotiated each year with their representatives. In addition, the Farmer(s) may seek additional markets and customers as desired.
  1. The Farmer(s) would make Urbandale Farm available for occasional educational opportunities and neighborhood gatherings. The Farmer(s) would not be responsible for organizing these and would be consulted about time and place of events. The house at 653 S. Hayford is not considered part of the farm for public events.
  1. The Farmer(s) would teach up to three apprentices about urban farming and provide opportunities for them to practice new farm skills.   Members of the LUFP Board and the Farmer(s) would select the apprentices together and meet regularly to monitor their progress.
  1. We request that organic practices be continued at Urbandale Farm.

To apply for the Farmer position:

There will be an information session and tour at 5:30PM on Tuesday, September 8.   Details about production and income for the past few years at Urbandale Farm will be available then, along with tours of all fields. If you absolutely cannot attend that tour, please contact us at 517-999-3916 or lansingurbanfarmproject to schedule a visit at another time.

The application should include the following:

  1. Your name(s) and all contact information.
  1. A resume of your educational history and past work experience. (If the application is from more than one person, please include resumes for everyone.)
  1. Create a brief (about 5-8 pages) Farm Plan that explains your ideas for continuing and sustaining Urbandale Farm.   In your Plan, include any ideas that seem important to you, in any format, but at some point, please address these two questions:

*   Under your leadership, how would Urbandale Farm remain a place where local residents can not only purchase fresh produce but also learn more about how food and farming can be integral parts of city neighborhoods?

*   How do you envision making the first two years economically sustainable for you and the farm?   Convince us that you have thought through the financial details so that you, the Farmer(s), and Urbandale Farm will be in good shape after that time.

  1. List at least three references who can speak to both your knowledge and skills at farming as well as your personal characteristics that will insure your success as urban Farmer(s).

Send completed applications either electronically (to or by US mail (to LUFP, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912) to arrive no later than 5PM, September 30, 2015.

Questions? Please leave a voice mail at 517-999-3916, or email at:

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Looking for Fall Interns!

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

IMG_5248LUFP is offering three unpaid urban farmer internships for Fall 2015.  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:  Interns will work 1-2 mornings per week (to be discussed and decided upon ahead of time) either on Wednesdays 8am-noon or Thursdays 8am-noon.  Internships will begin the week of September 7th and go through mid-November.

Interested applicants may email a Letter of Interest and Resume with contact information to Katherine at  Positions open until filled, apply as soon as possible.  For more information, email or call us at 999-3916.

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