By Ryan Roehler
In recent years, urban farming has taken off in the greater Lansing area, especially on the Eastside. One couple, Egypt and John Krohn, have been active contributors in the urban farming movement. About a year ago they moved into their Urbandale Neighborhood home to take advantage of the affordable land opportunities there. “We chose to live in Urbandale because there’s space to grow food here and a supportive community around food,” Egypt said. They own and lease several plots of land equaling about two acres, which they use to grow mushrooms, fruit trees, and a variety of vegetables and herbs, such as sweet corn and okra. They grow primarily for their own consumption but they also sell to close friends, farm markets, and several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks, individuals who have pledged their support to the farm and receive fresh produce in return. In addition they raise chickens in their backyard and have two dogs, Cooper and Oakley.