Apprentices for Urbandale Farm

Help us grow food and change a neighborhood

Lansing, MI Food & Agri

Partial Funding

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Tax Deductible

Lansing Urban Farm Project is a registered 501(c)(3), Tax ID 27-1297926.


Our Story

Urbandale Farm raises and markets fresh vegetables and flowers to Lansing-area residents. For more than six years, we have turned abandoned lots in the city into lush, green and delicious spaces. We feed our neighbors and invite them to work with us, and we’ve been recognized as a model for urban agriculture in Lansing.


The Project

One of the things that makes us unique is our apprenticeship program. We train local people – many of whom are unemployed or underemployed – in the art and science of urban agriculture. Our six month, hands-on curriculum includes everything from bed preparation, seeding, transplanting and pest management to harvesting, marketing and whole farm planning. All of our apprentices are paid.

Of the 16 apprentices who have graduated so far, 12 now raise food for themselves and their families, have started their own farm businesses, work for area farmers or have found employment in the local food system. This is a remarkable success rate. And no one else in mid-Michigan is doing this same educational work.

This year at Urbandale Farm we would like to offer three apprenticeships. Three is a critical number. We have found that three apprentices working closely with our farm manager, Caitlin Schneider, make an effective team – in terms of learning, work and building positive relationships with our neighbors.

This year, we only have the money in our budget to support two apprentices. We are looking to raise $6,000 to pay for one additional apprentice and to increase the salaries of all three.

If we hit our goal, a group of donors has agreed to contribute an additional $2,500. The Lansing Urban Farm Project is a registered non-profit organization, and every donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Please consider helping us make this a successful 2016.


The Impact

Building human capacity takes time, but it can change lives and neighborhoods. As we have witnessed over the last five years, LUFPs apprenticeship program

• Gives area residents the skills to raise food for themselves and others

• Gives area residents an appreciation for healthy soil and the city’s natural environment

• Results in new urban gardens and farms

• Results in gainful employment

• Increases access to healthy food, particularly for people with limited transportation options

• Improves the appearance and value of the neighborhood

• Increases a sense of ownership of local resources• Invites collaboration among neighbors and friends



Give $25 or more

14 claimed

Seedling Level

If you donate at this level you will receive an Urbandale Farm bumper sticker.

Give $50 or more

12 claimed

Transplant Level

If you donate at this level you will receive a cut flower bouquet during the 2016 growing season.

Give $100 or more

12 claimed

Bed Prep Level

If you donate at this level you will receive T-shirt with the LUFP logo.

Give $250 or more

1 claimed

Soil Amendment Level

If you donate at this level you will receive an original linocut print of the LUFP logo. The print is signed and numbered by the artist, Laura B. DeLind.

Give $500 or more

1 claimed

Pest Management Level

If you donate at this level you will be entitled to a 30% discount on all 2016 Urbandale Farm produce.

Give $1000 or more

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Harvest Level

If you donate at this level you will be entitled to a 50% discount on all 2016 Urbandale Farm produce.

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