So you want to be a farmer…


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Is the Lansing Roots Program right for you?              


·       Do you have farming experience or strong gardening background?

·       Are you interested in growing for market and starting your own business?

·         Do you have the time and energy to be a farmer, but lack the resources?


Lansing Roots Incubator Farm Recruitment Session



Saturday, January 7             

1:00 – 3:00 pm


919 Filley St. Lansing, 48906


·        Slideshow

·        Program FAQ’s

·        Applications (or click here: Lansing Roots Online Application)


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Program Manager Ben Sommers. [log in to unmask] or 517.853.7813


Lansing Roots is a program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Garden Project designed to help beginning farmers from the greater Lansing area develop successful market gardening and farming enterprises through an incubator farm setting; reducing the barriers faced by most prospective farmers.  While we place an emphasis on refugee, immigrant, minority, low-income, and women farmers; all are encouraged to apply.  Successful applicants will have participated in a farmer training program, apprentice or internship, multiple years of community gardening, or will have an agricultural background from their country of origin.


We are designed to host new farm businesses for 2-5 years, giving participants the opportunity to scale up their production to support their new businesses.  Lansing Roots is also home to a Demonstration Farm to showcase various crops, methods, and materials to participant farmers.  The Marketing Collective, including sales through a Multi-Grower CSA, Wholesale Accounts, and Retail Outlets, allows participant farmers to earn real income from the very beginning; while working towards successful business management.



Benjamin Sommers | Lansing Roots Manager

greater lansing food bank

mailing: p.o. box 16224 | lansing, mi 48901

office: 919 filley | lansing, mi 48906

office: 517.853.7813  farm: 517-204-9672 fax: 517.853.7817 |


Serving Eaton, Ingham, Clinton, Shiawassee, Gratiot, Isabella & Clare counties.   


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