Apprenticeship Program

Looking for an opportunity to learn how to start an urban farm, grow fresh produce, and gain marketing experience?  Enjoy working with others, getting involved in your community, and being outdoors?  Consider an apprenticeship with the Lansing Urban Farm Project (LUFP) at Urbandale Farm!


To apply, download the application.
Mail the completed application to 1611 E. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, Mi 48912. Or, email it to


  • Apprenticeships run from early May through early November, about 20 hours/week, and include a mix of instruction, farm work, market experience, and field trips.
  • The standard schedule is 8am-noon, Tuesday through Friday with a rotating schedule of markets either Wednesday, 1pm-8pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; or Wednesday continuing until 2pm; rotating with some weeks with no markets.  Apprentices also cover essential weekend duties for up to 4 scheduled weekends.
  • Apprentices receive a stipend of $4000 over the course of the program.  No more than 5 program days may be missed throughout the whole program.
  • Graduates of our apprenticeship program are encouraged to consider the Lansing Roots program for their initial year(s) of farming.  Lansing Roots helps new farmers by offering low-cost access to land, mentoring, equipment, and help with marketing.
  • Apprenticeships are open to all Lansing-area residents, and we especially encourage applications from those who live in the Urbandale Farm service neighborhood (bordered by 496, Clemens, Kalamazoo, and 127).

Partial funding for LUFP apprenticeships is provided by the Capitol Region Community Foundation and the Ingham County Land Bank.