Urbandale is your neighborhood farm. It was established in 2010, the first agricultural venture of the Lansing Urban Farm Project. The nearly two-acre farm is located in the 700 block of S. Hayford in the heart of the city’s 100-year flood plain. Since 2010 the farm has quadrupled in size and production. A 30’ x 48’ hoophouse was built on the farm in 2012, made possible by grants from the Ingham County Land Bank and the City’s Office of Planning and Neighborhood Development.
Our apprenticeship program, which ran from 2011-2018, was designed to teach selected area residents how to farm in an urban setting and engage with the local food system. To date, we worked with 10 adult apprentices, the majority of whom have become active urban farmers and food leaders. In 2019, LUFP purchased the house on the main farm lot from the Ingham County Land Bank. Currently, Urbandale is being managed by Magnolia Farms, a Lansing Grown member farm.