Become A Farmer

The Lansing Roots Incubator Farm, a program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, is seeking potential applicants for this year’s Growing Farmers Program. Growing Farmers is designed to support historically under-served, new, or beginning farmers as they develop successful farm enterprises through an incubator farm setting.

For more than 30 years, the GLFB’s Garden Project has supported home and community gardens throughout the Mid-Michigan area.  Lansing Roots serves as a complement to this on-going support by both encouraging successful gardeners and interested entrepreneurs to develop farm business enterprises and lowering the barriers to success.

Ideal candidates for participation in the Lansing Roots Growing Farmers program will have:

  • Farming background or training
  • Farmer training program, intensive apprenticeship experience, agricultural background from country of origin, multiple seasons successfully growing in community gardens, etc.
  • An interest in developing an independent, small-scale farm enterprise, yet needing some technical and/or business assistance
  • An interest and desire to grow for sales and market
  • English proficiency or access to reliable translation services

Applications are now available. See below.

Lansing Roots will be holding two informational meetings for potential farmers on:

Monday, December 19, from 5:00 – 7:00pm, and

Saturday, January 7 from 1:00 – 2:30pm

There will be a brief presentation and Q&A, and applications will be available to fill out on site or take home. The sessions will take place at the GLFB Administrative Offices, 919 Filley Street, Lansing 48906.

Please RSVP to Ben Sommers, or (517)853-7813 if you plan to attend.