Lansing Roots kicks off first year

Lansing Roots, a new program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, is now selling locally-grown produce at various locations in the area.

The Roots program is designed to help limited resource and/or socially disadvantaged individuals from the greater Lansing area begin successful market gardening and farming enterprises in an incubator farm setting. Lansing Roots is made possible through a Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program grant administered by the USDA-NIFA. Proceeds from produce sales go directly toward supporting new farmers.

The Holt Farmers Market, South Lansing Farmers Market, and other local markets are selling Roots’ farmer-grown produce. It is also available at the East Lansing Food Co-op and Old Town General Store, and is being cooked into delicious meals at Fork in the Road Local Artisan Diner.

On a side note, this year’s first group of farmers includes Bhutanese refugees. Recently, The New York Times featured a story on Bhutan and its troubled history: Please take a minute to read it.

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