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Lansing, Michigan ‘Urban Farm Project’ apprenticeship program

Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:30
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“I am so happy that I’m doing this right now! This is what I should be doing with my life!”

By Scott Pohl
Feb 12, 2017


On a cold winter morning, the little urban farm on South Hayford Street in Lansing doesn’t look like much, but even now, there’s some growing going on in the nearby hoop house. It’s steps from Caitlin Schneider’s back door. Schneider is a former Lansing Urban Farm Project apprentice who now manages the farm. In the summer, tomatoes grow here. This winter, spinach and salad mix are still being produced.

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing oversees this operation, which opened on a parcel that had been foreclosed in 2010. “The urban farm area,” he explains, “is comprised of about a half dozen parcels that make up a couple dozen acres in that vicinity, but it has spawned other small, urban farms in the Lansing area.

The program is looking for four apprentices in the neighborhood this year. They get a stipend of $4,000 to work about 20 hours a week for six months. The money comes from USDA grants, the Community Foundation, the Ingham County Land Bank Authority, and there was a farm festival fundraiser last year.

Back at the farm, manager Caitlin Schneider explains that she grew up on a farm, and she’s glad this apprenticeship program gave her a chance to get back into agriculture. She remembers digging potato trenches on a very hot day during her first summer in the program and thinking “I am so happy that I’m doing this right now! This is what I should be doing with my life!”

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