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The Urban Farming Institute of Boston’s mission is  to develop and promote urban farming as a Commercial sector that creates green collar jobs for residents; and to engage urban communities in building a healthier and more locally based food system.

By enabling urban farming through farm creation, farmer training, public education and policy change, UFI brings people in urban neighborhoods closer to food production.


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UFI is a finalist for the BGood Family Foundation to receive a grant of $35,000. Voting closes Friday, April 21 @ 11:59pm.

Support our work with just one click! VOTE FOR UFI HERE!

LET THE VOTES BEGIN 🙂

Thank you in advance for supporting urban farmers of the present and future! This is fun and exciting.

The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) uses vacant land to create green jobs and entrepreneurs in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods.  UFI fuels the growth of urban farming in Boston, as the driving force to legalize urban agriculture, build public support, and lobby for funding statewide.  This summer, led by Roxbury-native Bobby Walker, UFI will train a new cohort of local residents in our 29-week course, engage over 700 community volunteers, and sell produce at low-income farmer’s markets.

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Let the Season Begin

By Tristram Keefe, UFI Farm Manager

The operations team is gearing up for the 2017 season that is fast approaching.  We have been crop planning, ordering seeds and supplies, and strategizing on how to make 2017 our best year yet. 

This year we will continue to work with our network of restaurants and grocery stores to provide the freshest possible produce to the city of Boston.  We will also be returning to the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons and the Mattapan Farmers Market on Saturday mornings beginning in June. 

This year brings great excitement as we also continue to develop our value-added offerings, be on the lookout for UFI’s custom blended Hot Sauces, Diced Heirloom Tomatoes, Pickled Garlic-Scapes and Boston Grown Sofrito.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the rest of your planning season–here’s to a nice rainy spring!


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UFI’s Featured Restaurant

Fresh Food Generation

Fresh Food Generation – We love working with independent businesses in our neighborhood like Fresh Food Generation. From their food truck, to the café in Dot House, to their catering, Fresh Food Generation is committed to serving up delicious meals using nutritious farm-fresh produce. 

From our farms in Dorchester, the food only travels a quick two miles to their home at the Commonwealth Kitchen—that’s what we call keeping it local!

Fresh Food Truck

Stop by the café inside DotHouse Health 1353 Dorchester Ave Dorchester, MA 02122!

Call and have them cater your next event by calling (617) 602-7185

Visit their website @ CLICK HERE – Visit Their Website