Learn more about urban agriculture
Urban Agriculture is happening everywhere across the globe. In this page, we highlight urban agriculture events, resources, and stories about urban agriculture in Michigan paying special attention to the stories of urban agriculture farmers in the greater Lansing area.
Get your plant-start pre-orders in with Highwater Farms! ORDER HERE!
Thinking about next year's garden? Highwater Farms has opened up sales for 2021, offering tons of Lansing grown veggies, herbs and flowers. Take a peek at what is available here at the following web address.
Herbal Gift Baskets from Magnolia Farms- ORDER HERE!
Made with herbs grown right here in Lansing, these holiday Herbal Gift Baskets are still available for order. Fill out the form, and your gifts will be ready for pick up or delivery in the next week:
GOOD READS & RESOURCES...
Battle Creek man sees farming as a form of protest
Detroit News. “It’s a way to reclaim our power… self-sustainability is the revolution” says 23-year-old Black farmer Devon Wilson. Devon has engaged his community by turning his urban farm, Sunlight Gardens, into a classroom where he passes on his knowledge of organic farming. Alyssa Keown, Battle Creek Enquirer.
4 reasons why the world needs more urban farming post-pandemic
Interest in urban farming is growing (are we cool yet?!) and for good reason - fear of food shortages from supply chain disruption has become a reality for many. Urban farming not only helps with food sourcing but also improves our health and our local communities. Here are four positive improvements we can see from the increased interest in urban farming. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/urban-farming-flourish-post-pandemic/
An interesting concept, “Jungl” aims to use gamification and social media to get young people involved in urban agriculture with hydroponic farming, connecting them to veteran farmers and a marketplace to sell their produce. What do you think about this innovative concept? https://www.forbes.com/sites/martyswant/2020/09/29/these-entrepreneurs-think-farmville-could-inspire-the-future-of-urban-gardening/#31ce83371bdd. Marty Swant, FORBES.
Root of the Vine Urban Garden's educational videos
Root Of The Vine Urban Garden aims to teach everyone “if you can think it, you can grow it” through fun and informative videos. Join the #GardenGang and learn to grow somthin’.
"There weren't many Black students in my college classes or even now at environmental conferences and panels. I want the kids to know an environmentalist who looks and talks like them," says Ronnie Webb. His organization The Green Scheme is making a positive impact on local youth and families with after-school programs and community gardens, teaching entrepreneurial skills along with healthy eating choices. https://www.npr.org/local/305/2020/09/22/915413603/this-nonprofit-wants-wards-7-8-kids-to-learn-farming-from-people-who-look-like-them Aja Beckham, WAMU Radio
Read about how one organization had their "goat yoga" classes cancelled, and channeled that good energy into providing for local food banks. https://wcrz.com/urban-farm-in-detroit-donates-9k-pounds-of-produce-the-good-news/ - The Good News
Danielle Beurteaux, Civil Eats
Stateside speaks with Black farmers in Michigan about the relationship between race and food.
Lansing’s Own Allan Lee (Your Favorite Dred Head Gardner) is raising funds right now to support his new Community Driven Agriculture Box Drive. This is an awesome project that will work to Feed AND Teach people to grow their own food. Learn more about Root of the Vine Urban Garden and this great project on Facebook and make your contribution.
How do we continue to grow, work, and provide during the winter months? Read up on the history, current technology, and future of winter farming, appreciating “winter farming’s new moment in the sun”, bringing us delicious local produce in the cold winter months. Jesse Frost, Civil Eats
Enjoy this entertaining episode and get some insight into urban ag around the globe. Videos produced by TAL in Brazil and QLM in France.
This year has been a mixed bag for farmers, with increased demand and new challenges. Read the story of Alexander Ball’s experience with being an urban farmer in Michigan, what works for him, and what we may see from a ‘paradigm shift’ in agriculture. Nick Mordowanec, the 'gander