Clicky

Urban Farming Institute of Boston

Urban Farming Institute of Boston UFI’s mission is to develop urban farming as a viable commercial industry that creates green-collar jobs for local residents. The Urban Farming Institute of Boston is an organization founded to support the development of urban farming, growing agricultural products for income, in the City of Boston.

By transforming vacant land in Boston into urban farm enterprises that are economically productive and environmentally sustainable and training local residents to become skilled urban growers, UFIB will promote the healthy expansion of the industry. The Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFIB) has been created to:
• Train individuals in the business and practice of urban farming
• Increase the

By transforming vacant land in Boston into urban farm enterprises that are economically productive and environmentally sustainable and training local residents to become skilled urban growers, UFIB will promote the healthy expansion of the industry. The Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFIB) has been created to:
• Train individuals in the business and practice of urban farming
• Increase the

Operating as usual

There is more than one way to harvest and get your veggies in. Meet the 'Black Forager.'
04/24/2022
Meet Alexis Nikole Nelson, The Wildly Popular 'Black Forager'

There is more than one way to harvest and get your veggies in. Meet the 'Black Forager.'

Nelson has brought in a TikTok following of more than 2 million people by talking about food, culture, and how to "eat plants that do not belong to [her.]"

Mushrooms: Nutrition, Benefits, Side Effects, More
04/24/2022
Mushrooms: Nutrition, Benefits, Side Effects, More

Mushrooms: Nutrition, Benefits, Side Effects, More

Mushrooms are often considered a vegetable, but they’re actually a fungus. Discover the different types of mushrooms and their benefits here. Plus, learn other ways to consume mushrooms.

Fun, fun, fun! UFI farmers setting up logs for a little bit of mushroom farming .
04/22/2022

Fun, fun, fun! UFI farmers setting up logs for a little bit of mushroom farming .

Farmer Bobby gets some much needed help on the farm today from Santander Bank. This heap of compost goodness came from l...
04/19/2022

Farmer Bobby gets some much needed help on the farm today from Santander Bank. This heap of compost goodness came from last years end of the season clean up and weeding. Composting not only enriches soil, it helps to retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. It also encourages beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material.

Renewal and healing!
03/26/2022
City Farmers

Renewal and healing!

City Farmers is a journey of hope down New York City's meanest streetswhere inner-city residents have transformed the rubble and rats ofabandoned land burgeo...

“The original farmers on this planet who were First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples farmed in harmony with the plan...
03/23/2022
"Companies Have an Essential Role to Play, but Every Lever Has to Be Moving," Julie Kunen Says – Food Tank

“The original farmers on this planet who were First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples farmed in harmony with the planet and they grew a vast diversity of crops,” Kunen says. “And we need to acknowledge that farmers of color, Indigenous Peoples, are the originators of what we’re today calling regenerative agriculture.” ~ Julie Kunen, Director Sustainability North America for Oatly ~

Today, however, many systems “are not in harmony with the world,” Kunen argues. “We’re not making use of the system’s attributes that characterize the ecology and humans’ relationship with people on the planet.”

At the Future of Food @ SXSW Julie Kunen of Oatly talks about the role companies can play in pushing for food systems transformation.

How to create a kitchen garden | NewsBytes
03/19/2022
How to create a kitchen garden | NewsBytes

How to create a kitchen garden | NewsBytes

Who doesn't want to grow fresh herbs and vegetables in their home for cooking purposes? Homegrown produce is healthy and good for your overall health

Highlight of on of UFI's best farmer, Sabrina Pilet-Jones. Access is the name of the game, and Vivian Morris, along with...
03/09/2022
In Mattapan, there's just one grocery store. So community leaders — and Mayor Wu — are eyeing other food avenues.

Highlight of on of UFI's best farmer, Sabrina Pilet-Jones. Access is the name of the game, and Vivian Morris, along with other community leaders in Boston, is hoping to continue to provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to have access to nutritious food — and not worry about the cost.

“Urban agriculture, including community gardens, urban farms, food forests, and other ways of growing food in the city, can directly strengthen our local food system."

“Urban agriculture, including community gardens, urban farms, food forests, and other ways of growing food in the city, ...
03/04/2022
At Mattapan farm, Mayor Wu announces new urban agriculture office | Dorchester Reporter

“Urban agriculture, including community gardens, urban farms, food forests, and other ways of growing food in the city, can directly strengthen our local food system, mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and ensure equitable access to healthy food in Boston,” ~ Mayor Wu ~

Fresh carrots and ripe tomatoes have been welcome neighbors for Marlon Henry and his son, Malachi, who live just down the street from Mattapan’s Fowler Clark Epstein Farm on Norfolk Street. For them, the farm is a constant in their neighborhood and a weekly source of fresh food over the last seven...

02/25/2022
Mayor Wu, GrowBoston with Reverend Mariama White-Hammond

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond -Habari Gani (What's the News?!)

- Building a Movement of Eaters & Growers
- Historic Preservation
- Recognizing the change in our thinking about food

#urbanagriculture #foodinsecurity #foodjustice #urbanfarming #blackfarmers

02/24/2022
Mayor Wu ANNOUNCES Expansion of Food and Urban Agriculture Initiatives

Welcome! Habari Gani (What's the news?)

Listen in for an exciting announcement from Mayor Michelle Wu 吳弭, City of Boston.

Today the last Thursday of #BlackHistoryMonth, Mayor Wu announces the creation of GrowBoston: Office of Urban Agriculture.

Hear from community members:
Shani Fletcher, Director, GrowBoston
Russell Holmes, State Representative
Michelle de Lima, Engagement Manager, The Trustees
Kannan Thiruvengadam, Director, Eastie Farm
Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space

Learn more about this expansion of food and urban agriculture initiatives here - https://www.boston.gov/news/mayor-wu-announces-expansion-food-and-urban-agriculture-initiatives

#urbanfarming #UrbanAgriculture #foodinsecurity #foodjustice

Join us right here in 10 minutes⌚!  Mayor Michelle Wu @mayorwu will share #BreakingNews  regarding #foodjustice / #foodi...
02/24/2022

Join us right here in 10 minutes⌚!

Mayor Michelle Wu @mayorwu will share #BreakingNews regarding #foodjustice / #foodinsecurity in the City of Boston!

Stay tuned! We'll be live streaming this announcement on our UFI FB page.

Turning what was once marked by slave labor, servitude and terror, is now a labor of love for many black farmers reclaim...
02/08/2022
The Farm Next Door | Urban Farming in Atlanta

Turning what was once marked by slave labor, servitude and terror, is now a labor of love for many black farmers reclaiming what was stolen!

The next best thing to having your own garden—this is how urban farmers are growing businesses and bringing new life to food deserts.

Thank you to Nicholas Josey who for over the past few years has provided financial literacy and business basics for the ...
01/26/2022

Thank you to Nicholas Josey who for over the past few years has provided financial literacy and business basics for the Urban Farming Institute's Farmer Training Program. His awesome and teaching style, brings both humor in the classroom and offered a unique perspective about how we look at money and strategies to be successful.

@TVINCITA

As we enter into and look forward to another year, we want to give a shot out to the 2020 Farmer Training Graduates! Wis...
01/24/2022

As we enter into and look forward to another year, we want to give a shot out to the 2020 Farmer Training Graduates! Wishing you happiness and success as you continue your journey. Individually, you shared your unique greatness and collectively, you all brought hope for a bright future.

Happy New Year!!!!   Refresh, Renew, Reimagine!
01/01/2022

Happy New Year!!!! Refresh, Renew, Reimagine!

Happy Holidays to the entire UFI Staff and Board, Volunteers, Donors and Sponsors! May you and yours have a wonderful an...
12/25/2021

Happy Holidays to the entire UFI Staff and Board, Volunteers, Donors and Sponsors! May you and yours have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!

We love the work we do and the people we serve. Help us achieve our year-end fundraising goals by making a donation today here 👉🏾 https://buff.ly/2RYq6Tg

#urbanfarming #farmtraining #seasonsgreetings

A man built a garden in Harlem and the children in the neighborhood bloomed
12/17/2021
A man built a garden in Harlem and the children in the neighborhood bloomed

A man built a garden in Harlem and the children in the neighborhood bloomed

"There's too much stress around here. And they grow up fast. They lose that light. I just want to slow it down, that's all. I want them to have a safe place where they can just be them. That's all any of us want, right? To slow it all down so we can find out who we are?"

SAAFON Presents: With These Hands (Trailer)
12/04/2021
SAAFON Presents: With These Hands (Trailer)

SAAFON Presents: With These Hands (Trailer)

“With These Hands”: Black Stories of Collectivism, Rural Revivalism and Healing, is a docu-series profiling the works and lives of Black farmers from deep so...

Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson said he envisions the plan will empower Black communities to expand urban farming, become ...
12/01/2021
Toronto's Black food sovereignty plan shows city's 'waking up' to inequalities, advocate says

Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson said he envisions the plan will empower Black communities to expand urban farming, become more entrepreneurial and invest in businesses that produce affordable, nutritious food.

Anan Lololi pulls leafy bunches of kale from the cold November ground at the Ujamaa Farm in North York. "To make some kale juice," the executive director of Afri-Can FoodBasket suggests, moving on to rows of vegetables used in the Caribbean dish callaloo. "We put this in the food basket because we w...

This young farmer started Growing Together to show others that it’s possible to grow your own food on your property.
11/29/2021
Pandemic propels Duluth woman into urban farming

This young farmer started Growing Together to show others that it’s possible to grow your own food on your property.

The 15-year-old brewer turned grower and home-grown producer of pumpkins, squash, collards, and beans as well as yarrow, calendula, and edible flowers.

𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴! Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, cheer, and joy.  We are thankful for our many blessing...
11/25/2021

𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴!

Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, cheer, and joy. We are thankful for our many blessings!

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

Bored with the same old same? Here are some creative recipes for cooking with pumpkin and squash. Let's try something ne...
11/20/2021
Pumpkin & Squash Recipes Perfect for Fall

Bored with the same old same? Here are some creative recipes for cooking with pumpkin and squash. Let's try something new?

When you harvest your winter squash and pumpkins, sometimes the actual size of your harvest can come as a bit of shock. These prolific plants are excellent at hiding even more produce under their large

11/19/2021
Come celebrate our 10th Anniversary this Wednesday!! It's going to be an exciting evening.  Hear from our founding board...
11/16/2021

Come celebrate our 10th Anniversary this Wednesday!! It's going to be an exciting evening. Hear from our founding board members regarding the early days of UFI and help us honor our awardees, including:

Sowing Seeds of Success - Sister Anna Muhammad, NOFA/Mass
Community Cultivator - Carla Pantaleon-Stovell and Reginald Stovell Jr., EXIT Realty Corp. International
Business Innovator - Sabrina Pilet-Jones, Sabrina’s Garden

And of course what is a 10-year Anniversary celebration without a video showcasing our journey.

We hope you can join us to celebrate this important milestone on Wednesday, November 17th, 6pm EST. Learn more, register here - https://tinyurl.com/UFI2021AnnualBoardMeeting.

#urbanfarming #farmtraining

Address

487 Norfolk Street
Mattapan, MA
02126

Telephone

(617) 989-9920

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Urban Farming Institute of Boston posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Urban Farming Institute of Boston:

Videos

Category

Our Story

The Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFIB) is an organization founded to support the development of urban farming, growing agricultural products for income, in the City of Boston. By transforming vacant land in Boston into urban farm enterprises that are economically productive and environmentally sustainable and training local residents to become skilled urban growers, UFIB will promote the healthy expansion of the industry. Our goals include:


  • Train residents from Massachusetts’ urban areas to become successful urban farmers;

  • Acquire and prepare land for farming;

  • Educate community, city and state stakeholders in support of appropriate policy changes in regards to land use and urban farming practices.
  • Nearby food & beverage services


    Other Mattapan food & beverage services

    Show All

    Comments

    Dear friends, neighbors, and sister organizations: Hope you are enjoying this gorgeous Spring weekend. Don't forget to look up tonight to catch that Spring full moon. (Happy Passover! Happy Easter!) Eastie Farm is looking for a coordinator for our Climate Corps youth program. If you know of youth who may be interested in the program, please send them our way as well. Thank you! Please take a look at the role descriptions (both for the youth and the coordinator) and send us anyone you think is up for learning and leading. Let me know if you have any questions. CC Urban Farming Institute of Boston The Food Project Boston Food Forest Boston Climate Action Network Project Bread Center for Economic Democracy - CED Boston Ujima Project https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XMxa8fgOAKeC-yGfqV6AVq7cMfojzLqj761hvrSCka8/edit
    Boston Compost Certificate Program Do you want to waste less and live more sustainably? Join the Boston Compost Certificate Program, partnering with the City of Boston to learn the how's and why's of composting in Boston. This five-module training series meets from April to June to learn about the impact of food waste on the environment and its connection to climate change. Each module will include practical knowledge, hands-on activities, and guest speakers. Participants will take guided tours of large-scale composting at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Charlestown CORe Facility waste management operation, which uses award-winning technology to convert waste into energy, and the city's own Boston Leaf Composting site. The program will conclude with a celebration ceremony at Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center. The first session will start on April 30, with our partners Urban Farming Institute of Boston. For more information or to register, please follow this link: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/83333-boston-compost-certificate-program
    "BTSNE is so grateful to all of our gardening partners across Boston and Providence! It's because of your support we can grow food, engage, empower, evolve, and employ our youth, and give back to our community! Thank you!" #HappyNationalGardeningDay Special thank you to: Urban Farming Institute of Boston Margaret Wright Memorial Garden Thornton Street Farm and Haley House Boston Children's Museum Southside Community Land Trust Martin Luther King School Roger Williams Park Conservancy All our neighbors who show support in Boston and Providence!
    "BTSNE is so grateful to all of our gardening partners across Boston and Providence! It's because of your support we can grow food, engage, empower, evolve, and employ our youth, and give back to our community! Thank you!" #HappyNationalGardeningDay Special thank you to: Urban Farming Institute of Boston Margaret Wright Memorial Garden Thornton Street Farm and Haley House Boston Children's Museum Southside Community Land Trust Martin Luther King School Roger Williams Park Conservancy All our neighbors who show support in Boston and Providence!
    #Mattapan: pick up a free tree this Saturday (4/16) from 10AM to 2PM, thanks to Speak for the Trees Boston Details: treeboston.org/mattapantrees Thank you the sponsors at Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, The Trustees, Edgewater Neighborhood Association, The Food Project, Brookwood Community Farm, Neighborhood Network Center, Inc, Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Verizon, Arbor Day Foundation, & Girls' LEAP
    Our photo this week features some of the awesome team and gardens of the Urban Farming Institute of Boston. ❤
    Hi Everyone! We are hosting this AMAZING online Lyme Disease Conference in March. Please sign up!!! All profits go to Global Lyme Alliance and there is an excellent line up of speakers! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, ALS, MS, Parkinson's, Fibromyalgia, or other strange symptoms/diseases, it may BE LYME and CO-INFECTIONS!!!! We desperately NEED more nurses, doctors, and researchers in this field! SOS!! SOS!! www.bandaidlyme.com
    URGENT VOLUNTEER REQUEST! Urban Farming Institute of Boston is looking for volunteers to package Thanksgiving meals this Thursday, November 18! Reach out to [email protected] to sign up TODAY!
    Thank you to Urban Farming Institute of Boston for your participation in the 10 year anniversary!!!!💯✅⠀ ⠀ Shoutout to your 13 members for rocking it in the ride and raising $27,068!!!! We couldn’t have done it without you guys! Y'all made this year’s ride a huge success!!!⠀ ⠀ To continue donating for Urban Farming Institutes’s page please https://ride.threesquaresne.org/team/362823!!
    To see our name on Boston Magazine ‘s list of 50 Best Restaurants in Boston is truly an honor… even before having our own space!😭That is in big part thanks to all our friends that have opened their spaces and collaborated with us — Little Dipper JP Sweet Basil on Moody Tanám Mei Mei Restaurant The Urban Grape @barnoirboston (Instagram) Urban Farming Institute of Boston Exodus Bagels Urban Grape Central Square Business Improvement District And to our AMAZING team, cooking, serving, strategizing, showing up, month after month, making Comfort Kitchen a reality! And of course, everyone that came out to support. The pandemic pushed us to put our values into action while working to open our brick-and-mortar… and those won’t change — cross-cultural understanding, community building, and collaboration — this is the #innovation we want to see in our industry. Cheers to all the amazing folks on the list. Proud to be in this company! Reserve a table or order takeout: Wed-Thu: 5-9pm / Fri-Sat: 5-10pm 📲 Walk-in or reserve: exploretock.com/littledipper 🛍 Takeout & delivery: toasttab.com/little-dipper 📍 Little Dipper JP #bostonmagazine #bostonrestaurants
    The latest from Dan Miller, Steward's founder & CEO on how the financial system is failing small-scale farms, especially urban farms. Have a read, let us know what you think, pass it on. Thank you to Fisheye Farms, ACRE Farm, and The Fleischer Family Farm for sharing their urban farm stories. The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) Urban Farm Colorado U.S. Department of Agriculture Urban Farming Institute Urban Farming Institute of Boston Cultivate the City Detroit urban farmers Urban Farm Collective DE Urban Farm & Food Coalition City Farms Grower Coalition Ecotrust Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition
    ReVision Urban Farm took part in the Boston Urban AG Tour! Our Farm manager Todd was one of many urban farmers and food system leaders from across the state who joined together to tour five urban farms and discuss the future of urban agriculture. One of the stops along the tour was to ReVision Urban Farm where everyone learned from Todd about the Farm's mission of food access to VPI programs and the greater Boston community, how the Farm utilizes grants to improve operation, and so much more. Thank you New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Urban Farming Institute of Boston for including Victory Programs' ReVision Urban Farm on the tour and for your efforts in building more institutionalized support for urban agriculture.