$500,000 grant to boost Farming Institute

The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) is one of 30 local nonprofits to share in $10 million in funding from the Cummings Foundation. The organization, which serves Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury, will receive $500,000 over 10 years.

UFI converts neglected urban lots into productive green space and trains city residents to become urban agriculture entrepreneurs.

The nonprofit offers educational programming to neighborhood residents through workshops such as “Food as Medicine” and “Growing Food Without a Garden,” as well as school partnerships and the much-loved Fit Around the Farm for Seniors.