Farm bill has Old Town impact

By Kasey Worst
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING – President Obama visited Michigan State University to sign a bill that impacts the Old Town community. A president in Lansing
While at MSU on Feb. 7, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, which is more commonly known as the Farm Bill. In his speech prior to signing the bill the president said it in some ways resembled a “Swiss-army knife.” This means the bill covers funding and regulations for multiple purposes, from the environment to agriculture to food stamps. Farming and the environment
Andrew Sarpolis, an employee of the Sierra Club’s Old Town branch, said he  heard a lot of “positive responses” from farmers about the bill’s the crop insurance program.

The South Lansing Farmer’s Market brings fresh produce to traditionally undeserved community

A local farmer’s market is finishing out its season this October, continuing a mission to bring farm fresh produce to the traditionally undeserved South Lansing community. “In order to help people out, we have alternative payments,” said Jenae Ridge, the South Lansing Farmer’s Market manager. “We accept EBT and WIC Project Fresh, as well as credit card.”

The vendors 

Ridge finds the most special part of the farmer’s market to be the way that the vendors and customers treat each other. “I think the community between the vendors is special, and also the customers,” said Ridge. “The vendors have really gotten to know each other.