Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA)


Apply for BUFA Market Farming Track:

UPDATE (1/27/2017): There are two slots available for Market Farming Track.  Each slot is full price ($2,600).  Register now!

Contact: Jen Aron at 503-758-7386 or email.

Apply for BUFA Community Farming Track: Registration open!  Apply by January 31, 2017. Contact:

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Join BUFA for our seventh season of hands-on education. 

BUFA is a season-long training for new and aspiring farmers conducted in and around Portland, Oregon by OSU Extension Service and community partners. BUFA provides training for urban and small-scale farmers and community land stewards in vegetable and fruit production and farm business management. BUFA can help you to build your foundation in farming. 

BUFA partners include: OSU, Grow Portland, Rogue Farm Corps and Oregon Food Bank.

Students use a loop to look at pests up-close

BUFA training details

BUFA is a seven-month (season-long) program that offers small-scale farming education to the next generation of farmers, non-profit garden managers, food justice leaders, and local food entrepreneurs. The program teaches students basic skills in vegetable production, fruit production and the field of small-scale agriculture.  BUFA helps participants develop connections and relationships with the organizations, farmers, food justice leaders, and businesses that make up our local food system.  We want to help you explore local small-scale agriculture as a potential career path to help transform our local food system.

Option 1: Market Farming track- $2,600 (525+ hours of instruction including monthly classes and field trips)

For participants looking to jump-start their career in agricultural food production and/or marketing.  This intensive, hands-on track will focus on diverse crop production, small-scale farm management, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and restaurant sales.  Scholarships available.  Cohort limited to 10 qualified participants. Classes and field trips included (75+ hours of instruction).  The classes and field trips will be conducted in conjunction with Rogue Farm Corp.  Dates and details are coming very soon.

Option 2: Community farming track- $1,300 (175+ hours of instruction including field instruction and monthly classes and field trips)

In 2017 Grow Portland will again partner with OSU to offer the Community Farming Track of the BUFA program. Apprentices will focus on a dynamic combination of small farm and garden technical skills-building, and apply those skills in service to communities in need. The program will be rooted weekly at the Neighborhoods Community Garden and Farm on SE 162nd Ave, one of the largest community garden projects in the city in one of Portland's most under-served areas. The program will also include monthly service work projects, providing opportunities for applied learning, leadership and community building at school gardens, community gardens, small farms and food security sites around the city. Visit the Community Farming track website for more detailed info.

Open House

Saturday January 16, 2016 from 10am-1pm at the Learning Gardens Laboratory 6801 SE 60th Ave Portland OR

Come meet instructors, check out the farm and learn all about our season-long and hands-on farmer training.


For Market farming track: get your hands dirty as part of a “working interview.”  RSVP required.


Registration deadline February Friday February 5, 2016 at 5pm.