Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA)

December 1, 2017

The Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) will not be offering classes for the 2018 season and beyond. After seven successful seasons training over 125 aspiring farmers, we were unable to obtain a stable funding source to continue this program.

BUFA program report 2011-2017 (coming soon)

BUFA Testimonials and where are they now?


Here are a few options in our region to help you achieve your farm education goals:

Rogue Farm Corps- Full time, residential farmer training program

Bridge City Farm School- part time (550 hours), experiential farmer training program based on the BUFA format, founded and operated by former BUFA lead instructor and farm manager. 

Clackamas Community College: A classroom based, year long certificate program teaching the basics of farming.

Mudbone Grown & Oregon Food Bank are proud to offer Oregon's first beginning farmer training program specifically for people of color. 

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.