Friday, February 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Urbandale Farm, the first non-profit urban farm in Lansing, Michigan, has been awarded $90,209 by USDA-Farmers Market Promotion Program.
The two year grant, administered by Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC), will be used to 1) increase access to affordable fresh produce for the Urbandale Neighborhood by developing various marketing strategies, including a mobile “veggie cart” run by youth in the summer; 2) increase the number of growers who raise and market fresh produce in Lansing on otherwise vacant land through a six-month farm apprenticeship program targeted to young adults from the neighborhood; and 3) catalyze additional urban farms in Lansing by working with partner organizations focused on food security, land use, job creation, and community development.
Urbandale farm established spring 2010 is the first project of the Lansing Urban Farm Project (LUFP), a Michigan non-profit recently co-founded by Laura DeLind and Linda Anderson. Urbandale is a neighborhood bounded by I-496, I-127, Kalamazoo, and Clemens, and is located in one of Lansing’s most flood-prone areas. Farming began on an a half acre of vacant land in the Urbandale neighborhood on Lansing’s Eastside. The land is being leased from the Ingham County Land Bank. The project also works closely the Allen Neighborhood Center, an organization that serves as a hub for community development on the Eastside of Lansing.
Established in the 1920’s Urbandale was the first suburb of Lansing to provide affordable housing for auto workers, the neighborhood consists of large lots with mature trees, a mix of long-time and recent residents, and, increasingly, vacant lots and empty houses. Today, development is limited because of the area’s flood-plain status and urban agriculture is one way to tranform vacant lots into productive and welcoming spaces. At Urbandale Farm, neighbors have been involved in every stage from cleaning up the lot last spring through final fall harvests. The farm is beginning to serve as a commons where neighbors meet each other and a neighborhood block party has been planned. The new USDA grant will support the farm as it continues to grow both food and community in this historic neighborhood.
Other LUFP collaborators include The Garden Project (of the Greater Lansing Food Bank) and The City of Lansing's Office of Planning and Neighborhood Development.
For more information, call us at 517-999-3916.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Michigan State University News
MSU Professors Help Create Lansing's First Urbandale Farm
Growing Prosperity; Urban Farms bring economic and health benefits to Michigan Cities
Lansing Urban Farm Project Receives Federal Support (New Article!)
Funding for the Farm (New Article!)
Greening of the Great Lakes
MSU Professors Help Create Lansing's First Urbandale Farm
WKAR: Public Broadcasting from East Lansing
Fields of Opportunity
Urban Farm Takes Root in Forgotten Lansing Neighborhood (Newest!)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
we started winterizing the farm...
Friday, October 8, 2010
Saturday, October 9th
Sunday, October 10th
Noon - 4:00pm
(Join us for both days, one day,
or even just an hour or two)
Please join us for the Urbandale Farm Work-a-Thon!
There will be much to do in the field to put the farm to bed and in the house to make it livable. Expect to get dirty (maybe even extremely dirty) so wear old clothes. Bring a water bottle, gloves, and face mask (i.e., dust mask) if you have them. We'll have a few extra if you need one. We’ll also provide light snacks.
Other October work days: Saturday, October 16th and Saturday, October 23rd, noon-3pm.
Please consider bringing the following materials and tools with you
(Carefully marked with your name on them):
putty knife or linoleum scraper
needle nosed pliers
Directions to Urbandale Farm— 653 S Hayford: From Michigan Avenue or Kalamazoo Street, turn South on S Hayford (in between S Foster and S Magnolia). Continue South almost until the road ends in a cul-de-sac. Parking is along the west side of S Hayford.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Look for an update in Spring 2011 for the next farm stand!
Discounts for Urbandale Residents and Volunteers
(Fresh, quality produce for all)
Also at the Allen Street Farmer's Market on Wednesdays 2:30 - 6:30pm
Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Green Beans, and Lettuce
Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Collards, Chard, Basil,
Flowers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Green Beans, and Lettuce
Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Green Beans, Jalapeno Peppers,
Hungarian Wax Peppers, Squash, Chard, Basil, and Flowers
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Sift flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon into a bowl.
- In another bowl, combine eggs, oil, sugar, zucchini, vanilla, and lemon extract, beat thoroughly.
- Stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture until smooth. Add raisins and nuts and stir to combine.
- Pour into 2 greased 9x5-inch loaf pans or muffin tins.
- Bake 40 minutes for loaf pans or 20 minutes for muffins. They are done when the center springs back when they are lightly touched.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Urbandale Tomato Festival
Red, Green and In-between
Where: Urbandale Farm, 653 S. Hayford
When: Saturday, September 4th ; 10:00- 2:00 p.m.
Come join us for:
Tomato Tasting - more than 8 varieties of tomatoes to taste!
Fried Green Tomatoes
Recipes and Tomato Lore
Urbandale Farm Stand - Tomatoes available as well as green beans, squash, bell and hot peppers, basil, chard.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Tuesdays 5-7pm and Saturdays 9am-noon in September.
And at the Allen Street Farmer's Market on Wednesdays in September.