(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 produce twenty-five tons of food annually supplying Vancouver’s top restaurants and farmers’ markets.
In late October, Sole Food must move nearly 2000 growing boxes along with offices and support infrastructure from its largest urban farm at the corner of Pacific Blvd. and Carrall St. The social enterprise is inviting the public to a special outdoor film screening and fundraiser to help generate support for its fall move.
“Sole Food Street Farms was created knowing that we are as homeless as some of the people we employ” says co-founder and director Michael Ableman. “We are grateful to the city of Vancouver and the private land-owners who have provided space for us to grow, but we are now in a time of transition. We would like to invite the Vancouver community to join us on September 6th from 7-10 pm and help us move onto our next phase”.
Cinema Under the Stars will screen the documentary, A New Economy, a locally produced film that features Sole Food Street Farms. The film documents several community projects around North America that are re-thinking economy by putting people before profit and shines a light on the very special work that Sole Food Farms does in providing meaningful employment to Vancouver’s most vulnerable residents.
Tickets for the event are available by donation at www.solefoodfarms.com or at the door. Gates will open at 6:30 pm with food and drink, guided farm tours, a book signing, and a pre-show by Vancouver’s The Carnival Band.