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
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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.