"I would certainly recommend [the program] and here's why: The program is not only an incredibly detailed and thorough instruction in vegetable growing, but it also functions as an incubator for new business ideas related to small scale farming. And all of this in a generous, supportive environment where both the instructors and the other students become a community for future growing projects! "
-Emily von W. Gilbert, BUFA student
"[The BUFA program] is designed specifically for the aspiring small-scale, organic, urban farmer; providing a comprehensive curriculum as well as a network of both aspiring and established farmers. My time in BUFA has raised my expectations and aspirations. I feel prepared not only to apply what I've learned in the field, but to share it with others."
-Nathan Hoover, BUFA student
"I recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn the basics of small scale farming. The classes were more accessible than any other courses out there. I was able to attend the BUFA classes and still keep my work schedule. The number of opportunities to get involved in small scale and urban scale farming surprised me. The BUFA program showed me that if you're willing to just go for it, there are ample opportunities to find a farming niche."
-David Renn, BUFA student
"It is almost like unconscious learning with the combination of classroom and outside field work. There is a great amount of repetition which is important. Several times during the program students are asked to be the foreman/field leader, directing the team. The first time I lead I was overwhelmed, but the second time I was so much more confident! The instructors always answer my questions and I have learned five times more than I ever thought.”
-Laura Belson, BUFA student
"My husband and I wanted to become farmers and needed to learn the skills. Now plans are in place for us to start a small CSA and sell at farmer's markets. Anyone who wants to learn what it takes to be an urban farmer will learn it in this program!"
-Amanda Soto, BUFA student