(Vancouver, BC) Vancouver’s most prominent urban farm is preparing for a major transplant. Sole Food Street Farms is a social enterprise that provides meaningful employment and training for residents of Vancouver’s downtown east-side. The farms
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I have always advised beginning farmers, “Grow those crops that you like to eat, you’ll do a better job.” The persimmon requires that I amend that advice. In all honesty, I don’t particularly like the
Farming in the city presents unique challenges that provide the basic context for this work. These challenges are common to every city everywhere, and they inform the work we do agriculturally. Here are what I
It has never been our intention to give food away. When Seann and I first began meeting to discuss the Sole Food project, the ideas and goals on the table included growing the food, feeding
There is a universal law of reciprocity and exchange that those of us who farm see play out in intimate detail on a daily basis. We know that we cannot treat soil like an unlimited
When folks find out that I am an organic farmer, the first question they ask is, “What do you do to control the pests?,” This surprises me—it’s as if they view all farming as some
An average parking space is nine-by-eighteen feet or 162 square feet. If you are working with biologically active soils and you are reasonably skilled as a farmer, a 162 square foot parking space can produce