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Who we Are

Sole Food Street Farms is an internationally recognized social enterprise that transforms vacant urban land into street farms. Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.

We are hiring!
Sole Food Street Farms is looking for its next Executive Director. This is a unique opportunity to lead a mature and innovative non-profit as it continues its work providing meaningful agricultural work to residents of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Learn more and view the full Executive Director job posting here.

 

Michael Ableman (he/him)

CoFounder/Executive Director

m.ableman@fieldsofplenty.com

Michael Ableman is a farmer, author, photographer and food systems advocate. Michael has been farming organically since the early 1970s and is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements.  He is a frequent lecturer to audiences all over the world, and the winner of numerous awards for his work. Ableman is the author of five trade published books: On Good Land: The autobiography of an urban farm; Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it; Farm The City, and Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier. In addition to being the co-founder and director of Sole Food Street Farms, Michael Ableman also founded of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California where he farmed for 20 years, and the Centre for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture based at his family home and farm on Salt Spring Island.

Heather Farmer (she/her)

Program Director

heather@solefoodfarms.com

As Program Director, Heather is responsible for the management and advancement of the mission of Sole Food Street Farms and Cultivate Canada Society. After several years with the David Suzuki Foundation, Heather joined the farm in the winter of 2022 with a background in non-profit and project management, communications, and community organizing. There’s nothing Heather loves more than the coming together of community through shared food and stories.

Kayla Dowd (they/she)

Co-Manager, Farm Operations

k.dowd@solefoodfarms.com

Kayla Dowd is Sole Food’s Farm Operations Co-Manager. They joined Sole Food at the start of the 2023 season after two years of vegetable growing at Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens on McGill University’s agricultural campus. They are passionate about working towards food sovereignty in Vancouver and about the superior quality of a local tomato in the summer. 

Kaum Kulatilake (she/her)

Co-Manager, Community & Administration

kaum.k@solefoodfarms.com

Kaum joined Sole Food in the spring of 2024 after three years of work at various food security organizations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Kaum’s role is new to the farm and she’s excited to connect with Sole Food’s farming community, partner organizations, food businesses, and local produce enthusiasts. The only thing she loves more than cooking and farming is cooking for groups of people with produce she helped to grow.

Marcia Thomson (she/her)

Fundraising Coordinator, Cultivate Canada Society

marcia@solefoodfarms.com

Marcia served on the board of the Vancouver Farmers’ Markets Society, taught as a sessional lecturer in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food System, and worked in the University’s Development Office for several years. As a fundraiser at UBC, Marcia was passionate about her work to help establish The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. Marcia holds an M.Sc. in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems from UBC.