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2017 Urban Farming Training Program

A Partnership of the Urban Farming Institute and

Tufts University New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

The Urban Farmer Training Program (UFTP) trains residents from Boston neighborhoods in the specifics of small plot urban farming.

Our 2017 program has two components, the 8 Week Classroom Session I beginning in March of 2017, and the 20 Week Seasonal Summer Farming Training Session II beginning in June 2017.  Both designed to offer future farmers tools necessary to farm in an urban setting.

Urban Farmer Training Program –Classroom Session I

During this 8 week course, which meets for 8 consecutive Thursdays, individuals explore various aspects of urban farming such as food systems, soil quality, environmental challenges and opportunities, crop planning, organic agriculture, and farm-business planning.  The classroom is aimed to assist them as future farmers in developing the necessary competency to effectively manage a successful urban farm and positively impact a healthier more sustainable food system and environment.

Course Fee: $75.  Application inquiries for the 2017 Class Session, begins October 31, 2016. Applications will be available after December 31, 2016. REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED!

Urban Farming Training Program – Field Session II

A select number of candidates interested in pursuing farming/urban agriculture as an enterprise, will be selected to participate in the field training throughout the growing season as an apprentice. In order to be considered, selected candidates must have completed the 8 week Classroom Session and 3 volunteer farm site days during the course of the class.It is an opportunity to get your hands in the ground and  for you and the farm trainer to see if building an urban farming enterprise is right for you. This is a 20 week hands on apprenticeship beginning in June 2017.  This training requires completing the 8 week classroom course.

If interested in the 2018 program, please fill out the form below, please fill out the form below: 


If you would like to find out other ways to get involved, learn about farming, email [email protected]

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