Jan. 26 2017 10:26 AM

Ingham County program seeks applicants for urban farming internship


The Lansing Urban Farm Project is seeking potential urban farmers for its apprenticeship program, which runs from early May through early October.

“This apprenticeship program is unique in its grassroots, community involvement,” said Eric Schertzing, Ingham County treasurer and chair of Ingham County Land Bank.

The program, which is open to all Lansing-area residents, is looking for four new apprentices this season. The 20-hour-per-week positionoffers a mix of instruction, farm work, market experience, neighborhood engagement and field trips. Past apprentices have gone on to start successful urban farms, Schertzing said. This year’s apprentices will receive a stipend of $4,000.

The Lansing Urban Farm Project is hosting three information sessions for potential apprentices: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. All information sessions are held at the Allen Market Place Conference Room, 1629 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing; attendees should enter through the north door of the complex.

To RSVP or for more information, call (517) 999-3916 or email mailto:delind@msu.edu.