Starting a (Food) Business workshop

Comments Off

Plant Sale Fundraiser Pre-Orders due Friday, Feb. 21!

Get your orders in for veggie, herb, and flower starts from the Hunter Park GardenHouse! Our plant starts are started from seed & sustainably grown in the Hunter Park GardenHouse! See the full list of available plants and the order form HERE. Printed copies of the order forms are also available at the GardenHouse and in the ANC office.

Comments Off

Today at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

Comments Off

This Week at Allen Street Farmers Market!

Comments Off

Seeking Applications for Gardening Educator, AmeriCorps member

Allen Neighborhood Center’s Gardening Educator, AmeriCorps member

Established in 1999, Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) is a hub for neighborhood revitalization and for activities that promote the health, safety, stability, and economic well-being of residents and other stakeholders in the northeast quadrant of Lansing, MI.  ANC’s work in comprehensive and integrative community development has resulted in signature projects, such as the Hunter Park GardenHouse.  This program and many others have emerged from ANC’s frequent and inclusive neighborhood forums, designed to address emerging issues, including food security and food access, and ensure the development of pioneering, resident-driven strategies for community improvement.

Member Activities

This member will serve as the Gardening Educator of the Hunter Park GardenHouse/Urban Gardening Program, who will:

  • collaborate with the GardenHouse Director to develop and promote a robust gardening program throughout the Eastside (link neighbors to resources, assist with planning, promoting, and facilitating of garden education offerings including home garden visits, monthly workshops, and Urban Gardener Certification Program.
  • develop, promote, and facilitate youth gardening & nutrition programs (Take Root & Youth Service Corps). Specific youth projects include: Garden-in-a-Box, Edible Park, and Fruit Tree Project.
  • provide instruction/mentoring to GardenHouse volunteers and visitors during open hours.
  • thoroughly document the effectiveness and impact of GardenHouse programs through dot and paper surveys (# served, % increase in consumption of fruits and vegetables, etc.)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to serve 900 hours from March 10, 2014- September 19, 2014.
  • High school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED within the year
  • Minimum of 18 year of age, US citizen or permanent resident status
  • Desire and ability to engage with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to function independently and in a team environment
  • Knowledge and experience in urban gardening
  • Computer skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Flexible availability required (some night and weekends)

Member Benefits

  • A half-time AmeriCorps member is expected to serve 900 hours from March 10, 2014 – September 19, 2014. Members receive a $6,400 living allowance, $2,775 educational award at the successful completion of the service term, and loan forbearance for qualified student loans.
  • Members attend monthly meetings and trainings hosted by the Power of We Consortium, and Allen Neighborhood Center will also make additional training opportunities available.

Cover letter and resume due Saturday, February 15.

Please send submissions to:

Rita O’Brien, Hunter Park GardenHouse Director                                                                                           Allen Neighborhood Center                                                                                                                   1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912                                                                                               517-999-3910;

Comments Off

This Week at the Allen Street Farmer Market!

Comments Off

A note from Joan Nelson, Director of the Allen Neighborhood Center:

The BWL Citizen’s Review Team welcomes citizen input at three upcoming community forums.  As a member of the review team, I look forward to these opportunities for community input and suggestions.  My decision to apply to be a part of the review team stemmed from ANC’s mission to promote the health, safety, stability, and economic well-being of Eastside residents, and it grew out of ANC’s commitment to helping the Eastside and the Greater Lansing community prepare for emergencies and natural disasters.  I hope to see and hear from many neighbors, near and far, at the following forums:

• Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 PM.  Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing

• Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 PM.  Pattengill Middle School, 626 Marshall St., Lansing

• Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 PM.  Delta Township Hall, 7710 W Saginaw Hwy., Lansing


Comments Off