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SOLEfood Farm urban farmers work with Michael Ableman

September 14, 2010. SOLEfood Farm urban farmers and Michael Ableman discuss their work growing food for market in a parking lot in downtown Vancouver.

Selling produce grown in downtown Vancouver

SOLEfood Farm is an urban farm consisting of hundreds of planters. The farm provides training and employment opportunities to residents from Vancouver’s Downtown East Side to build, plant, maintain and harvest the farm. The locally grown food is sold to restaurants, at Farmers Markets and community organizations with similar aims of improving neighbourhood food security.

Photo by Michael Levenston

Led by the farmers themselves, educational opportunities during the growing season are available to the public interested in learning about urban agriculture. Employees see the farm as a place for self-growth and healthy community development, while beautifying our neighbourhood.

Photo by Michael Levenston

It is hoped that the future of SOLEfood will grow to include a network of farms that help revitalize the neighbourhood, provide meaningful employment, and build healthy relationships around healthy food.

Photo by Michael Levenston

What’s growing in their downtown parking lot:

Rainbow Swiss Chard
Lacinato Kale
Sungold Tomatoes
Green Zebra Tomatoes
Carmen Peppers
Gypsy Peppers
French Breakfast Radish
Cut Lettuce

Photo by Michael Levenston

Visit the SOLEfood Farm blog here.

See Michael Ableman’s farm on Salt Spring Island here.

See SOLEfood Farm’s beginnings here.

Photo by Michael Levenston

Photo by Michael Levenston


1 Florence Agbor { 11.26.10 at 4:42 am }

Hi Michael,
I love what is going on at the farm and will want to start my non=profit but using this method of raisebeds. Please I kniow I live in the US what help can you give me. I have the land 1/2acre for starters, water will not be a problem so please help. It is a project to solve hunger, pocerty and create jobs. Hoping to hear from you. Thanks alot. Florence

2 Florence Agbor { 12.12.10 at 1:22 am }

Hi There;
Still reading all of your work great . I am soory to be a pest but have sent two emails to Michael but no response well well.

3 karen dohrn { 08.03.11 at 10:53 am }

I was curious whether you seen my parking lot garden from 2009? Parking lot sees new model. Its on google search with my name. I also used this system in NE Iowa.

4 karen dohrn { 10.19.11 at 8:30 am }

What an amazing amount of food the raised bed system produces. Your gardens are absolutely beautiful!