In this remarkable book, farmer/activist Michael Ableman tells the captivating story of the creation of Sole Food, a community farm started in 2009 in the parking lot of the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sole Food’s aims are to provide meaningful employment for the area’s hard-to-employ residents and to operate a commercially viable farm.
Among the manicured lawns edged with rhododendrons and ornamental grasses, one front yard stands out with rows of arugula, spinach and tomatoes. The grass is confined to the periphery of the yard.
It all begins with a seed. In June, the Growing Up Organic (GUO)* Ottawa team pick-axed the compacted dirt in the playing field, and built three raised vegetable beds.