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Introducing Greater Yield, a Series On Urban Agriculture

“I was drawn to urban agriculture because I felt there were too many young people being murdered in my hometown.”

By Andrew Cook.
MIT Co-Lab Radio
Oct 17, 2013

Excerpt:

I’m a believer in urban agriculture. But my belief isn’t rooted in an interest in gardening, biodiversity, or the environmental benefits of reduced food miles (though those are all great). I was drawn to urban agriculture because I felt there were too many young people being murdered in my hometown.

The causes of violence in American cities are of course numerous and complex. But in the debate over what causes violence and how to stop it, some common themes frequently appear: a lack of jobs, poor public education, disinvestment in inner city neighborhoods. Added up, these factors can be labeled more broadly as systemic racism and economic injustice. The point is that the problem of violence is so interwoven into our cities’ patterns that any solution to it must be similarly cross-cutting and holistic.

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A farmer’s journey from California to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

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Author Michael Abelman stands in his flourishing tomato greenhouse at his 120-acre Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island. Photo by Pay Burkette.

Michael Ableman, co-founder of Sole Foods urban farm, believes in the power of food and organic farming

By Randy Shore,
Vancouver Sun
October 18, 2013

Excerpt:

Farmer and author Michael Ableman left the citrus and avocado groves of California to farm Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; an unusual storyline, to say the least.

Of course, Ableman did a lot of living in the 40 years between joining a farm commune in California at the age of 18 and co-founding an urban farm in the heart of Vancouver. He also founded California’s Center for Urban Agriculture, penned three best-selling books and created the Centre for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture, which he runs from his home, Saltspring Island’s Foxglove Farm.

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