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.
Check out the 2021 Workshop Series from Hunter Park Garden House
Neighborhood cats love urban farms!
The Hunter Park GardenHouse is offering an online workshop series from February to May. Connect with the local urban agriculture community and learn from a variety of topics, such as land ownership and bee keeping.
Meet Merlyn, a neighborhood cat befriended by Ben Linsemier at Half Barn Farms. Merlyn needed some medical attention late in the season, and our community came together to make sure they got the care they needed. Merlyn’s looking forward to seeing you in the Spring!
GOOD READS & RESOURCES...
How to make healthy soil
Building a healthy soil ecosystem is key to a successful garden or urban farm. Here’s a quick read with some big advice on how we can best feed our plants. Andrew Weil
How a local artist is using food to bridge racial gaps
Last year inspired many to consider the importance of urban farming. Learn about how artist Decker Gabriel-Woods aka Dex Arbor is applying his creativity to urban agriculture as a way to strengthen his community and heal the world. Hannah Michelle Bussa, The Gateway
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
Vandana Shiva on why the food we eat matters
By championing greater food sovereignty, sustainability and seed rights for local farmers around the world, Shiva is determined to remind us that "food and culture are the currency of life" – and that you can't have one without the other. BBC Travel.
Urban Agriculture Combats Food Insecurity, Builds Community
Getting creative to grow the food we need. Read about innovations in agriculture that are helping fight food insecurity in multiple communities across the country. DJ McCauley, Eos.
In California, Michigan and New York, how urban agriculture combats food insecurity
"We saw a boom in urban agriculture during the recession in 2008, and we’re seeing it now." This article highlights urban ag across the country, including the Michigan State University–Detroit Partnership for Food, demonstrating how the resurgence in urban ag is helping communities exercise their right to land promoting food sovereignty. DJ McCauley, GreenBiz.
Philly growers spoke out. The result is an ‘anti-racist lens’ for city’s first agricultural planRead about Philadelphia community activists and those in office working together through the pandemic to strengthen their gardening community, providing access to PPE, tool and seed libraries, and more to strengthen community gardens as permanent resources. Catalina Jaramillo, Plan Philly.