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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!