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.
The Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFIB) is a social innovation organization founded in 2012 to support the development of urban farming (the growing of agricultural products for income) in Boston and in other urban areas of Massachusetts.
The greening of cities is proving to be a viable industry solution—acting as an innovative approach to addressing economic disparity. By training residents in sustainable agriculture, we build a healthier, more locally based food system. UFI’s objectives are aimed to further establish itself as a thought leader in the emerging urban farming sector in Massachusetts.
In 2013, the Urban Farming Institute (UFI) launched Boston’s first Urban Farmer Training Program. This offers local residents the opportunity to engage in direct, hands-on learning on small ¼ acre plots of lots in which the UFI’s farm currently occupies.
UFI sees its Farmer Training Program as a springboard for individuals who traditional job models do not work for while fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in green fields.