Urban farmers encourage community to shop and grow local


Local urban farmers are reaching out to the community to talk about the benefits of growing your own foods and shopping local.

Farmers met at the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church in Lansing to discuss with the community what it means to be an urban farmer, what it’s like and how to get involved.

“Urban farming is just like farming anywhere except you’re a lot closer to where the food is consumed, so that gives consumers the opportunity to know how, who and where their food is being produced,” said co-owner of Magnolia Farms, John Krohn.

A panel of farmers talked about themselves, their farms and the business in front of a crowd of people. People also got the chance to pick up some free seeds from the Garden Project at the Greater Lansing Food Bank. They will also be giving out free seeds starting in just a few weeks and will continue to do so through July.

Krohn also added that he knows supermarkets can be convenient.

“I think we could potentially grow all of the vegetables that all of Lansing needs, but right now, all of Lansing is mostly buying all their vegetables at Meijer and Kroger and places like that,” said Krohn.

Lacey Ingrao is the owner of Bee Wise Farms on the east side of Lansing and says it’s important for people to appreciate locally grown food and thinks we should get back to our roots.

“When people came to start living in urban cities, we really got away from growing our own things,” siad Ingrao.

Farmers say they are happy to be out in the community and hope to spread the word about growing and shopping locally.

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