In 2013, Boston modified its zoning to permit urban agriculture with the passage of Article 89, creating new possibilities for urban farmers and food processors. Article 89 outlines how to start a commercial urban farming business in Boston; how farmers and processors may grow and sell their products; and where ground-level, rooftop, and freight container farms are permitted.
Since Article 89 passed, several urban ag businesses have launched, from Fenway Park’s rooftop garden and Higher Ground Farm on the rooftop of the Design Center, to the Urban Farming Institute’s ground-level farms in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. DeLuca’s Freight Farm, underneath Rt. 93, is one of several freight farms around the city.
The Carrot Project is thrilled to participate in this movement as we launch Deepening Roots, Growing Success, a business training program for urban farmers and food processors.
Deepening Roots, Growing Success is for current or aspiring urban farmers and locally-sourced food processing business operators. While we will focus on the local Boston scene in some parts of the training, ALL are welcome to attend, and the training is not limited to Bostonians.
We will kick off the training program with a Saturday Intensive Crash Introduction to the world of growing, sourcing, and processing local foods. Local experts and business leaders will present on panel discussions to help introduce you to the local food landscape. Then, 8 Monday evening sessions will provide participants with in-depth business expertise to help launch and develop their business models, also presented by local experts and business leaders. All are welcome to attend either the Saturday Intensive Crash Introduction AND/OR the 8 Monday evening sessions separately or together as a whole.
Boston Urban Agriculture Training Coordinator
vviale AT thecarrotproject.org
617.674.2371, ext. 8
Hibernian Hall Ballroom and Conference Room at 184 Dudley Street in Dudley Square in Roxbury, MA 02119
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