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Slow Money Journal presents “The Future of Urban Farming” by Glynn Lloyd

“I had devoured Eliot Coleman books. I marveled at the amount of high-quality vegetables his Maine farm was producing on just a couple of acres and well into the cold season. I intently listened to Will Allen and the production he proselytized from Growing Power’s greenhouse vertical systems. I was inspired by his emphasis on using practical and functional technologies and his obsession for making amazing soil.”

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Urban Farming Institute to Set Down Roots on Historic Boston Farm

Published by Teresa Garcia on Thursday, June 8, 2017

"A historic farm built in Boston a decade after the Revolutionary War is being retooled into an urban farming education and training center for the 21st century."

The property’s development includes three additional Boston partners: the Urban Farming Institute of Boston as tenant and operator; The Trust for Public Land, which provided funding and technical assistance for the land; and North Bennet Street School’s preservation carpentry department, which is restoring historic elements of the buildings.


The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm’s barn (right) in Boston was built circa-1860 and will be stabilized before it’s converted into a demonstration kitchen, classroom space and offices for the Urban Farming Institute.

UFI's Got Some Brand New Swag .... Sauce That Is!


The Urban Farming Institute's Farm Manager, Tristram Keefe, is keenly aware of how important it is for farmers to diversify their products in order to thrive as an urban farmer.

Finding the link between a farmer and local value added producers, is clearly a match made in heaven. Figuring out just the right business model to make it happen, is not always that simple. Well, Boston's own Commonwealth Kitchen , is doing just that.

Here's how it works. UFI grows it's best produce, in our case, heirloom tomatoes. The Commonwealth Kitchen has tested out several recipes that are ready to rock and roll. They acquire all the necessary approvals, and get product packaging in order. Bam! Smack our logo on it, and there we have it, our own tomato sauce and diced tomato loveliness.

The Commonwealth Kitchen currently has a hub full of local food producers. UFI, partnered up with one of CK's value added hot sauce producer, Alex's Ugly Sauce.  Alex Bourgeois said, "you give me 30lb's of your best hot peppers, I keep some, and give you some back in the form of a hot sauce, you can sell yourself, and we all share the glory." We said yes, and it's truly a win, win!

UFI, One Step Closer to Home at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm


UFI is excited to announce that one of the Urban Farming Institute’s partners, Historic Boston Inc. recently announced they have already secured, 1.2 million of the 1.5 million needed to restore this historic farm site.  Some of that funding includes $500,000 from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Trust, $385,000 from Amos and Barbara Hostetter and a $150,000 grant from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund, announced by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. And the carpenter craftsmen of North Bennett Street School are donating time and materials to rebuild historic windows, restore the porticoes, and replace the siding on the house.

Many thanks to our other partners, The Trust for Public Land and Perkins+Will, and all those who have contributed to a re-imagining of a space and a place, redesigning this historic site into a new urban farming education and training center at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. Home of the Urban Farming Institute and Baraka Community Wellness. Thank you!

Learn more at Historic Boston Inc. and below:

In the Press

“Small-scale growing has the potential to create jobs, clean up blighted landscapes, and improve neighborhood residents’ access to fresh, nutritious foods” - Boston Globe

“When you think of all the empty lots you come across in the city and how they could be turned into small urban farms to feed people with no or little access to fresh food, the benefits of urban farming are obvious and necessary.” - Ethan Sage, Be Better Studios.

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