The Urban Farming Institute of Boston develops and promotes urban farming as an opportunity to create green collar jobs for Boston residents and engage communities in building a healthier, more locally based food system. To achieve this goal, the Urban Farming Institute trains local residents to become successful small plot urban farmers. Graduates of the UFI training programs farm land where they employ sustainable farming practices while promoting healthy eating.
The Urban Farming Institute has acquired the historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan, MA with the intent of converting it into a center for food production, research, education, and training. Part of the approach to reaching these goals is the development of a teaching kitchen for nutritional food preparation techniques. The Trefler Foundation has assisted the Urban Farming Institute to create a state of the art audio/visual component to the teaching kitchen, which will allow classes taught at the Farm to be projected to a larger audience and to be recorded for other educational programming.