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Urban Farming Conference (Registration Required)

The Urban Farming Conference is being held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Roxbury Community College and is presented by City Growers and Urban Farming Institute of Boston and in partnership with Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector. The UFC is a forum to share information regarding what is currently happening in Boston and other local urban communities and to map out a vision for urban farming in Massachusetts. Boston and other local urban communities in Massachusetts have the potential to offer a fresh, local, and healthy food supply while promoting economic and environmental sustainability, as well as healthy communities, employment at livable wages, food security, youth engagement and more.

Commissioner Greg Watson will be leading the Urban Farming Thought Leader discussion and several MDAR staff will be participating in the daylong conference. The Urban Agriculture Life Time Achievement Award will also be presented. Special guests Eliot Coleman, Organic Farmer, Four Season Farmand Malik Yakini, Executive Director, Detroit Community Food Securitywill be offering Keynote remarks.

Link to the event page: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4701198411

The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector. The UFC is a forum to share information regarding what is currently happening in Boston and other local urban communities and to map out a vision for urban farming in Massachusetts. Boston and other local urban communities in Massachusetts have the potential to offer a fresh, local healthy food supply while promoting economic and environmental sustainability, as well as healthy communities, employment at livable wages, food security, youth engagement and more.

The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of urban farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), commercial buyers, policy makers, investors and all others. The UFC conference is being convened to foster solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships. This will be achieved with interactive panels and roundtable discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and a networking reception. The UFC is designed to:

  • Introduce the Urban Farming Institute of Boston's mission and goals

  • Report on current urban farming issues and projects

  • Address infrastructure gaps in the urban farming industry

  • Serve as a resource on cutting edge models for healthy, sustainable practices and more

  • Serve as a means to educate community leaders, foundations, investors, city, state and federal agencies on the necessity and value in investing in urban farming.


  All panels are interactive discussions. Join the conversation and contribute to advancing urban farming in Massachusetts.




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