Planting seeds of growth: Lansing Roots

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By Sheryl Levitt
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

As summer comes to an end, the last fruits and vegetables are being harvested in gardens all over Lansing. This season has been a busy one for those involved with the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Lansing Roots program.

Geared toward helping limited resource and under-served individuals, Lansing Roots provides land and agricultural training for beginning farmers in Mid-Michigan. Its primary purpose is to create successful gardening and farming enterprises in the Lansing area. The Greater Lansing Food Bank hopes its program will eliminate hunger in local communities.

Lansing Roots also uses sustainable growing practices and organic growing methods.

“We do our best to grow produce that will be healthy not only for ourselves, but also earth,” said Garden Program Coordinator Julie Lehman.

Food grown on the Lansing Roots Incubator Farm, located in Mason, is sold under a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, model. Consumers subscribe to the program and pay in advance to receive a weekly box of produce from June through October.

Lansing Roots generates fresh foods for consumers, improves the economic livelihood of local individuals, and improves food security for the local community.

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