Our teaching farm is based at Florida International University, a large research institution in the urban heart of Miami, Florida. The Urban Vegetable Project was birthed as an educational incentive as a part of Upward Bound Math-Science, a Department of Education funded program that offers STEM education to underserved high school students across the country. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession. 

The Urban Vegetable Project's teaching program aims to highlight the agricultural sciences as viable professions for Miami's high schoolers. Using hands-on education, students have the opportunity to study the biology, botany, and chemistry of crop cultivation, the geometry and logistical sciences of farm design, and the business of farm management. 

 
 
 
 

93%

UBMS participants who enroll and graduate from four-year universities

42%

the average rate in Miami-Dade county

 

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation of human beings.”

— Masanobu Fukuoka