Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia--one of the worst urban slums in North America--who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing othStreet Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia--one of the worst urban slums in North America--who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves.During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms--now North America's largest urban farm project--has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems.Sole Food's mission is to encourage small farms in every urban neighborhood so that good food can be accessible to all, and to do so in a manner that allows everyone to participate in the process. In Street Farm, author-photographer-farmer Michael Ableman chronicles the challenges, growth, and success of this groundbreaking project and presents compelling portraits of the neighborhood residents-turned-farmers whose lives have been touched by it. Throughout, he also weaves his philosophy and insights about food and farming, as well as the fundamentals that are the underpinnings of success for both rural farms and urban farms. Street Farm will inspire individuals and communities everywhere by providing a clear vision for combining innovative farming methods with concrete social goals, all of which aim to create healthier and more resilient communities....
|Title||:||Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
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Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier Reviews
I really enjoyed reading about my own city and the amazing work this local farm is doing to help people with work and also expand on local organic produce.
This is not a book about urban gardening, growing your own lettuce in a community patch. This is about production farming in city streets and waste spaces, by a man who pioneered the techniques in Watts and who now runs Sole Food Street Farms in Vancouver.It is also not a book that shows you easy steps about how to do what he did. Farming is a complex and subtle operation; city streets are no place for the unwary or the dewy-eyed idealist.Ableman's book is part urgent manifesto: "Every municipality should establish publicly supported agricultural centers in central and accessible locations. . .working urban farms that model not only the social, cultural, and ecological benefits of farming in the city, but the economic benefits as well." It is partly a story about the people whose lives were given another chance through farming in the city. Some have succeeded spectacularly; others have been better for a while, only to falter. That part of the story is told clearly and with compassion. It's also part coffee-table book, because the pictures are gorgeous. Worth the read--and certainly worth the thinking it inspires.
The stories Michael Ableman tells in the book, especially those about the farmers at Sole Food, resonate with me personally, as i worked as an intern there last Summer alongside these soulful, beautiful people. Meanwhile, the book is enlightening and inspiring for aspiring organic farmers, food growers, and people who advocate sustainable and ethical food as a form of social activism.
A good storyline about his quest to start a large urban farm with a huge social footprint in downtown Vancouver. I liked the stories of his history or large scale farming and to learn more about why he and his group did this (the huge social component) but he repeated some stories a lot (3.5 if I could do half stars)
Ableman’s account of his Sole Foods project is idealistic, romantic, and also tough-minded when needed. The photos of the farms and workers are beautiful and remarkable, clearly showing lush rows of greens planted by high-rises, highways, and overpasses. From the numbers Ableman provides, it’s clear that the farms are far from self-sufficient, relying on much outside support. Yet he has brought this vision to fruition, an extraordinary accomplishment. This is probably not a model that many could replicate. So who might enjoy or profit from this book? Of course, people thinking about where their food comes from and how we can provide food food for all. My interest stemmed from observing and volunteering in various garden or farm projects in the city where I live, from community gardens, small farms supplying food banks, or CSA’s, and Ableman gave me a clearer view of the differences. He hopes to encourage and educate city folk, rich or poor, to value and appreciate fresh local produce. And the city where I live, like many others, struggles with problems of the destitute and unemployed, and I think Ableman has much to offer on what makes a difference to them.
338.10971 A152 2016