Greetings Friends of Urbandale Farm and the Lansing Urban Farm Project,
We are now in the process of recruiting for our 2018 cohort of farm apprentices. As in past years, this is a 6-month, hands-on program of training in urban agriculture. Apprentices will learn how to raise and market a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs.
This year we are looking for 3 to 4 individuals who already have a little farming experience but want to develop their skills further and farm in an urban setting. A small stipend will be available to each of the apprentices selected.
We will be holding three informational meetings on at 6:30 p.m. on January 15th, at 6 p.m. on January 25th and at 1 p.m. on February 10th in the conference room at the Allen Market Place, 1629 E. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing. We will use the meetings to provide program details, answer questions and hand out application forms. Please help us spread the word.
To RSVP, call 517-999-3916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It would help us if you would put this announcement on your Facebook page, tell your friends about our program and email anyone you think might be interested.
Thank you for all the support you have given us over the years. This is why Urbandale Farm remains a model for urban agriculture throughout the Lansing-area.
Urbandale Farm is celebrating its eighth growing season in Lansing and its seventh cohort of urban farm apprentices.
Join us from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 16, rain or shine, for an evening of music, beer and wine and finger foods prepared with our very own farm produce.
Come tour the farm, buy some fresh veggies, meet the folks who do the work and help us raise money to train the next generation of urban farmers.
Urbandale Farm, located at 701 S. Hayford Avenue in Lansing, is operated by the Lansing Urban Farm Project (LUFP), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. If you choose to financially support LUFP, your donation may be used to support for our urban farmer apprenticeship program, for general production expenses or to build up the infrastructure on the farm.
Join us for Urbandale Farm’s annual Tomato Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 26.
There will be tomato tasting, tomato games, tomato facts, tomato art, fried green tomatoes and, of course, lots of green tomatoes for sale.
There will also be tours of the farm and other produce for sale at our farm stand.
The festival is free, and everyone is welcome.
I grew up in rural Mason. For the last 19 years, I have worked as a foreign car mechanic. At Urbandale Farm, I hope to learn skills and practices that will lead me to a new career in organic farming where I can spend time outdoors working with nature. In my precious free time, I like to kayak and wander the forests and wetlands with my wife.
Growing up in Lansing as the child of a single-parent household, I experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to find and afford quality meals in what is recognized as a food desert. Fortunately, there have been a growing number of programs and community projects working to combat food scarcity. I came to Urbandale in hopes of getting a closer look at what we as residents can do to increase our quality of life, improve local health, and become more self sufficient in one of America’s hungriest cities.
I am a resident of the East side neighborhood of Lansing and really enjoy the sense of community here. I want to use this program to gain skills in urban agriculture to expand its use in the Lansing area. I am interested in making our food system more local and sustainable.
I’m from Dollar Bay, Michigan, and am currently a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in the arts and humanities with minors in sexuality studies, gender studies, and peace & justice studies. I would like to work on finding solutions to issues faced by disadvantaged communities, using resources already available to community members. Urbandale’s practice of using reclaimed urban land for organic farming is a fantastic example of a community using its resources to create sustainable solutions. My time with Urbandale has been both inspirational and enjoyable, and I’m very excited to be learning about food production!
As 2016 draws to a close, the Lansing Urban Farm Project would like to thank our major donors for the 2016-17 season.
Linda and Andy Anderson
Brian McGrain, Ingham County Commissioner
Frog Holler Neighborhood Organizaion
Mike Hamm and Lisa Callaway
Andy Schor, Michigan State Representaive
Jeremy Herliczek, LUFP Board Member
Laura B DeLind, LUFP Board Member
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.
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.
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.