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Spartan effort yields urban farm

Food plot

Once covered with sticks, brush, and litter, a half-acre plot on Lansing’s east side has been transformed into the city’s first urban farm, thanks to two MSU faculty members who want to economically and socially revive the area.

The Urbandale Farm Project is the first initiative of the Lansing Urban Farm Project, a nonprofit organization founded by Laura DeLind, senior academic specialist in the Department of Anthropology and visiting assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and Linda Anderson, professor emeritus of teacher education.

“Using land agriculturally makes a lot of sense instead of leaving it open or as an eyesore,” Delind said. “We want residents to have improved access to fresh vegetables and to consider incorporating them into their diets and daily lives as much as possible. We also hope the farm builds a sense of ownership while beautifying the neighborhood and granting a sense of purpose and place.”

Watch a video about the making of Lansing’s urban farm.

Read a story about the urban farm on Greening of the Great Lakes.

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