I remember the first time I saw a farmer using a washing machine as a salad spinner. I had been farming for just a short while and I thought it was just the best idea ever.
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.
The modified climate inside high tunnels creates an opportunity to diversify, producing crops that would not succeed if grown unprotected in the Canadian climate. By protecting crops from weather, pests and disease, high tunnels can help organic growers produce more types of top quality fruits and vegetables with viable yields.
Santropol Roulant’s meals-on-wheels program, servicing mobility-restricted individuals, has reached a beautiful level of integration now that they've added an organic farm operation to supply vegetables for their program. The farm fulfills the organization’s social mission and supports the development of aspiring young farmers, generating sustainable returns on small plots of land.
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