This Week at the Allen Street Farmers Market!

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Announcing Allen Market Place’s Fall 2014 Food and Farming Workshop Series!

Please help us spread the word about this new workshop series. All programs are free, and targeted at farm or food-related businesses.

Workshops will be held at:

Allen Market Place, 1629 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912

And, are broken into two different styles:

Wednesdays from 1-1:30 PM: 20-30 minute “flash trainings” that provide an in-depth look at a single topic, conveniently timed to fit busy producer’s schedules and coincide with the Allen Street Farmers Market.

Fridays from 1-3 PM: More conventional workshops covering a range of topics around improving food safety and business practices for farmers, food producers, or those interested in starting new food businesses.

For questions, or to RSVP to any workshop contact Exchange Manager Neal Valley at:

517.999.3923 |


Wednesday 7/9 – 1-1:30 PM – Resources for Building and Sustaining a Small Business by Kristine Ranger, Educator at Knowledge Navigators

Wednesday 7/16 – 1-1:30 PM – On Farm Food Safety – Hazard Analysis by Phil Tocco, MSU Extension Educator and Food Safety guru for Jackson County

Friday, 7/25 – 1-3 PM – Starting a (Food) Business by Tom Donaldson, Regional Director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center


Wednesday, 8/13 – 1-1:30 PM – What Resources Can Conservation Districts Offer Small and Diversified Farmers? by Jen Silveri MEAEP Technician for Eaton County Conservation District

Friday, 8/29 – 1-3 PM – Calculating Production Costs to Determine Return on Investment by Kristine Ranger


Wednesday 9/3 – 1-1:30 PM – Food Safety – Traceability by Phil Tocco

Wednesday 9/24 – 1-1:30 PM – Interactive Activity – Human Resource Skills: An Introduction to Self-Awareness and Effectively Managing Others by Kristine Ranger

Friday 9/26 – 1-3 PM – Pathways to Product Development: Resources Available from MSU’s Product Center by Diane Smith, Innovation Counselor at MSU Product Center


Wednesday 10/1 – 1-1:30 PM – Food Safety: Water Quality by Phil Tocco

Friday 10/31 – 1:00-3:00 PM – MEAEP Certification and Safe*Crop*A*Syst: Free Resources for Farm, Food, and Environmental Safety by Jen Silveri


Friday 11/14 – 1-3 PM – Marketing Your Business by Laurie Lonsdorf, Senior Business Consultant at Michigan Small Business Development Center


Friday 12/12 – 1-3 PM – Analyzing the Competition: Where Do You Fit in the Marketplace? by Kristine Ranger

Workshops are presented by Allen Neighborhood Center, and were made possible by the generous support of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development ( and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) (

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Job Opening at ANC: Youth Programs Coordinator

Allen Neighborhood Center’s Youth Programs Coordinator

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, in which Youth Service Corps and Take Root youth programs are organized. Our Youth Programs provide after school and summer programs—teaching job and life skills, nutrition and garden education. Take Root is a garden and nutrition education program for youth ages 5-10. Youth Service Corps is a job and life skills training program focused on food availability for youth ages 11-17. Specific Youth Service Corps projects include:

  • Garden-in-a-Box (2’x 2’ garden boxes installed for neighbors to grow their own food).
  • Edible Park (designated area of Hunter Park for neighbors to harvest herbs and fruit).
  • Park Cart (healthy snacks for sale in Hunter Park).
  • Fruit Tree Project (harvesting and redistributing fruit from registered neighborhood fruit trees).

Youth Programs Coordinator Activities

  • Collaborate with the GardenHouse Director to develop and promote robust youth gardening programs.
  • Facilitate youth gardening & nutrition education programs (Take Root & Youth Service Corps).
  • Develop Youth Programs by creating lessons on gardening, nutrition, and community service, tracking attendance and Youth Service Corps stipends, collaborating with parents and other organizations, planning field trips, creating recipes, and some grant writing.
  • Promote Youth Programs by creating outreach materials and scheduling outreach meetings.
  • Provide instruction/mentoring to Youth Program interns and volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 20-30 hours per week
  • 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 youth of all ages, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to function independently and in a team environment
  • Knowledge and experience in gardening and nutrition education
  • Computer and organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Access to a vehicle for transporting youth program supplies
  • Grant writing experience a plus

Cover letter and resume due June 20, 2014.

Please send submissions to:

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


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