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Contaminated land derails Vancouver urban farm expansion plans

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Workers trucked in hundreds of meters of organic soil to build the raised beds at Vancouver’s SOLEfood farm. Photo courtesy of SOLEfood. Contributed by Luke Brocki

“We’re giving them the land for nothing, We certainly haven’t set aside a budget for cleaning up this land.”

By Luke Brocki
Open File
February 18, 2011

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The trouble with land is that it’s practically impossible to make more of it. Despite the City of Vancouver’s plans to see its flagship urban farm expand to new locations, SOLEfood farm is getting a hard lesson in real estate: the city’s few empty lots are either slated for development or are long-abandoned and contaminated industrial sites.

“Unfortunately the soils are not usable,” says seasoned farmer and author Michael Ableman, the man in charge of growing food at the social enterprise in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “We cannot move forward and allow people to grow edible crops in soil that’s going to essentially poison those crops,” he says.

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February 19, 2011   1 Comment

Behind the Scenes: the Lindsay Urban Farm

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Michael Madfis, works in the Lindsay Urban Farm in northwest Fort Lauderdale. Photo by Kara Starzyk.

Community farm brings growth, pride and jobs to the northwest Fort Lauderdale neighborhood

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Be kind to our garden!”

That was the call from a group of six 18-to-25-year-olds standing on the corner when Karen Procelli, behavior specialist at Sunland Park Elementary School, walked by with a group of students on their way to the Lindsay Urban Farm for an educational field trip and tasting.

“They were watching the garden … there was a real sense of pride,” Procelli said about the huddled six.

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February 19, 2011   1 Comment