First Work Party in 2015!

We can hardly contain our excitement for the onset of spring!  Here we are shoveling snow from the south side of the hoop house to allow the full strength of sun in and preparing beds for our earliest crops.
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March 2nd is deadline for Apprentice Applications

Urbandale Farm Apprentice Program

We are currently accepting applications for our 2015 Apprenticeship Program.  Apprenticeships run from April 28 through October 30, about 20 hours/week and include a mix of instruction, farm work, market experience, and field trips.  Apprentices receive a stipend of $4000 over the course of the program.  Deadline for applications is Monday, March 2nd.  

For more information, call or email Sarah: 517-999-3916  lansingurbanfarmproject@gmail.com

Applications are available here.

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Apprentice Info Session: February 17

Join us for an Info Session about
Urbandale Farm’s Apprenticeship Program

 Monday, January 26 at 6pm
or
Tuesday, February 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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Lansing Roots Program Information Sessions

Is the Lansing Roots Program right for you?
Do you have farming experience or strong gardening background?  Are you interested in growing for market and starting your own business?  Are you interested in learning more about scaling up production and market options?

Lansing Roots Program 2015 Information Sessions
Saturday, January 10 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Monday, January 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Greater Lansing Food Bank Office
919 Filley St. Lansing, MI 48906
Questions or to RSVP: mailto:ben@greaterlansingfoodbank.org

Lansing Roots is a program designed to help beginning farmers from the greater Lansing area begin successful market gardening and farming enterprises through an incubator farm setting.  Our primary purpose is to encourage beginning farmers to grow produce for sale in Mid-Michigan. We are designed to host new farm businesses for 2-5 years, giving participants the opportunity to scale up their production to support their new businesses. Lansing Roots is also home to a Demonstration Farm to showcase various crops, methods, and materials to participant farmers. The Marketing Collective, including sales through a CSA model, Wholesale Accounts, and Retail Outlets, allows participant farmers to earn real income from the very beginning; while working towards successful business management.

While we place an emphasis on refugee, immigrant, minority, low-income, and women farmers; ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Most successful applicants will have participated in a farmer training program, apprentice or internship, multiple years of community gardening, or will have an agricultural background from their country of origin.

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Happy New Year!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are looking forward to another productive and creative year on the farm and are ever so grateful for all of our friends and supporters.  Urbandale Farm thrives with the time, energy and support of our many neighbors, volunteers, interns, apprentices, and customers.  Thank you and Happy New Year!

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Wreath-making Party on the farm!

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Look for these beauties at our Allen Street Farmer’s Market stand and at Elfco next week! Harvested and crafted at Urbandale Farm by our friendly, festive, farm elves! We are also taking orders from the farm, so give us a call if you’d like us to save one for you!

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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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