On March 30, 2017, The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) enters into it’s 5th year of our Urban Farming Training Program (UFTP). This year has seen an extraordinary amount of interest. From our applicants, UFI will select 30 students to start our 9-week course. The class is aimed to develop knowledge and the necessary competency to develop an urban farm, and positively impact a healthier more sustainable food system and environment. Of this years 30 extraordinary class participants, up to 10 will be selected to begin their farm journey with hands on learning this summer.
UFTP is a Partnership of the Urban Farming Institute and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.
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!