Spring Urban Farmer Internships

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)!

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LUFP is offering five unpaid urban farmer internships for spring 2015. Interns will work with farm staff to plant, weed, tend, and harvest hoop house crops.  Interns will also prepare outdoor fields for a season of growing and plant early crops such as onions, cabbage, radishes, and salad mix.  Interns will help prepare for markets, build community outreach, and complete other farm tasks.

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 will include lifting and carrying heavy objects.

Internship schedule is one day per week through May 1st on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday afternoons 1pm-4pm.  Opportunities to continue internships into the summer exist for those interested.

Interested applicants may submit a Letter of Interest and Resume with contact information to Sarah at lansingurbanfarmproject@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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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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