About Us

The Urban Farming Institute Community Land Trust taps the strength and diversity of Boston’s urban neighborhoods. The CLT founding Board members are community leaders, experienced farmers, and developers who represent the richness and complexity of the work and the people we serve.

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Staff

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Michelle Cook, Community Property Manager

Michelle is a graduate of the 2019 Urban Farming Institute of Boston’s training program. She is also the co-founder of Urban Outdoors Association, an organization that offers unique services to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons.

Board of Directors

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Dave Madan, President
Real Estate Developer, Boston Investments
Roxbury/South End

Dave is a founding board member of the Urban Farming Institute and serves as a Partner at Boston Investments, a real estate development firm. In 2010, Mr. Madan founded theMOVE, an urban sustainability education nonprofit, teaching youth about social justice through experiential farm education.

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Legislative Aide, State Representative Elizabeth Malia
Mattapan

Liana serves as a legislative aide for Representative Liz Malia.

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Jesse Elton, Treasurer
Director of Finance, The Community Builders
Cambridge

Jesse leads The Community Builders’ Development Finance team in structuring affordable, mixed-income, and mixed-use developments that build and sustain strong communities.  She brings fourteen years of experience in affordable housing finance and development.

Glynn Lloyd

Glynn Lloyd
Executive Director, The Business Equity Initiative, Eastern Bank
Roxbury

Glynn is the Founder and President of City Fresh Foods and founding board member of the Urban Farming Institute of Boston.  He oversees a $10M commitment from Eastern Bank to scale up minority business and model transformative development projects in urban communities.

Mel King

Mel King
Founder & Director, South End Technology Center
South End

Mel has been active across the landscape of neighborhoods and politics of Boston for over 55 years as an educator, youth worker, social activist, community organizer, elected official, and author.  He served as State Representative for the 9th Suffolk District.

LaRay Brison

LaRay Brison
Landscape Designer
Mattapan

LaRay is a graduate from The Urban Farming Institute of Boston’s training program.  She served on Mayor Walsh’s ONEin3 council.  She started Ray’s Initials, a landscape design company that she hopes to expand into a landscape design / land development company.

Apolo Catala

Apolo Cátala
Farm Manager, OASIS on Ballou
Dorchester

Apolo apprenticed with the Urban Farming Institute in 2015. He manages the Oasis on Ballou Farm, a community centered urban farm owned by the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, where he uses grow bag techniques to grow produce for local markets and to introduce community members to urban farming.

Robyn Gibson

Robyn Gibson
Founder, REG Solutions
Mattapan

Robyn is a nonprofit consultant and project manager.  She has previously worked at multiple local nonprofits, in fundraising, technology, and programs.

Founding Farms

■ Glenway
Bradshaw Street, Dorchester
City of Boston pilot project; farmed since 2012

■ Garrison-Trotter
Harold Street, Dorchester
First as-of-right farm; farmed since 2015

■ Tommy’s Rock
Akron Street, Roxbury
UFI’s first farm with a greenhouse; farmed since 2017

■ Astoria Quarter Acre Farm
Flint Street, Mattapan
Volunteer-built temporary farm 2017