Food

McLaughlin Grows CSA: It's worth every penny

You love fresh vegetables in your cooking, right?  Even better if they are grown organically?  And even better if they are grown locally? 

Laurie Wieschowski the farm manager, helps a CSA participant choose their weekly organic veggies at the Mercy Hospital Hackley Campus farm site.

What if you could get all of these things---- fresh, organic veggies that were grown right here in the neighborhood, in Muskegon's first urban farm and hoop house---weekly AND on top of that you knew that buying these vegetables was employing core city youth that were learning job skills while they were farming?

You wouldn't be able to say no, right?  ;-)
 

Check out our McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program (you can actually order right on line).  Just think how you could brag to your dinner guests about how your dishes are not only delectable, not only environmentally sound, but also socially responsible!  Triple bottom line, right there.  

McLaughlin Grows CSA's: It's worth every penny.

Neighbors in the Kitchen at Kitchen 242

McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm is coming to Kitchen 242 and inviting YOU to come along! From incorporating super foods into your smoothies to learning new ways of using and preserving what you harvest, join friends and neighbors in Kitchen 242….it’s a great way to relax and share ideas! These classes make great gifts, too!!!

For more info on these classes, registration and payment options, please click here

 

McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm Announces Internship Positions

McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm is announcing it has two internship positions available in the coming year. 

Fore more general info about McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, click here

A brief description of the farm site internship: 

Farm work will be done under the direction of the Farm Manager. Workdays may involve traveling to multiple sites and repetitive tasks. An ideal candidate will come to work well-prepared, and be interested in actively engaging with our team, farm sites, and greater city around us. We are looking for farm interns that will aid in all aspects of everyday farm field operation, including: hoop house work, planting and' transplanting, weeding, harvesting, watering, preparing for markets, CSA distribution, attending the city farmer’s market, pest control, mulch and compost application, and a variety of other tasks as the season progresses. We are excited by the prospect of working with someone who has interest in shaping the long term direction of our farm.

For more information about the farm site internship, and to learn how to apply, click here.

A brief description of farm education coordinator internship:

We are looking for interns that will aid in all aspects of the farm’s educational programs. McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm partners with Muskegon Public Schools on various programs intended to expose youth of all ages to gardening skills. The farm also hosts special needs students from Pioneer Resources’ “Food for Thoughts” program. During the summer, youth groups of all ages and from multiple organizations will attend the farm during their individual programs. Assistance with these opportunities will be a part of the intern’s responsibilities, as well as assisting the farm education coordinator in the office and at education sites as needed. Additional duties may include assisting with the Muskegon Farmer’s Market and CSA program on the farm, as needed. We are excited by the prospect of working with someone who has interest in shaping the long term direction of our farm.

For more information about the farm education coordinator internship, and to learn how to apply, click here

 

McLaughlin Grows Farm News

From bottom to top: Katherine DeVoursney, Jason Alberts, Adam Swanson, Gage VanderBosch, and Lori Wieschowski

From bottom to top: Katherine DeVoursney, Jason Alberts, Adam Swanson, Gage VanderBosch, and Lori Wieschowski

We have exciting news happening on the farm! First, we sadly have to say goodbye to our current farm manager Cody Yothers. Cody has been accepted to graduate school at University of California- Davis where he will be studying renewable energy. With Cody departing, we are welcoming our new farm manager, Lori Wieschowski! A long time Michigan resident, Lori has a lifetime of experience working with growing things. Having been raised up in a rural environment, she now calls Muskegon, MI her home, living right here in the core city of Muskegon. Lori is excited for the snow to melt and get her hands dirty getting some seeds in the ground (and getting a jump start as seen above). 

Secondly, we would like to officially make community supported agriculture (CSA) shares available. For more information, click here!

We are all excited for the next planting season with Lori. Hope to see you down at the farm!