The BUFA application period is now closed.
Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) Program
Multnomah County, in partnership with Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service, is excited to announce the third year of the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) program. The program is an 8-month, season-long training for aspiring urban farmers and community land stewards. It is designed to give a new generation of beginning farmers the knowledge and skills they need to break into the field of sustainable small-scale, urban farming.
Participants will gain the knowledge and skills of small-scale urban farming through:
- Classroom training and online learning platform.
- Hands-on, in-the-field apprenticeship with experienced farmers. - Track 1 only.
- OSU's established Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management Workshop Series, which is focused on farm business planning.
- Farmers market stand experience - Track 1 only.
There are two tracks for participation in BUFA in 2013
Track 1: 20 participants will complete the full program which includes classroom training, in-field training, and field trips (approx 550 hours).
Track 2: Up to 10 participants will complete this track, which is intended for individuals who want to increase their knowledge and skills in urban farming through classroom and field trip training only. Field work and farmers market experience are not included in this track. Only classroom training and field trips are included in Track 2. The time commitment for this track is approximately 120 hours over the course of 8 months.
- Application period opens November 15, 2012
- Early-bird application deadline is December 15, 2012
- Final Application and Scholarship Deadline: January 13, 2013
- 2 Work-Trade Scholarships and 4 Full Scholarships are available for Track 1
- Program begins on April 3, 2013
We value a diverse community, built on inclusion, equity and cultural competence. Together we can create vibrant, strong communities and a solid foundation for future generations. Minorities, women, and qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.