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Street Food tells story of downtown Vancouver’s social enterprise farm

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Michael Ableman with Alain Guy (background) at the False Creek Sole Food farm in downtown Vancouver. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG. Click on image for larger file.

Sole Food, a five-acre farm in the city’s grittiest neighbourhood that employs people who have been abandoned by society

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
September 14, 2016

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Q: You use the word incongruent to describe the Sole Food farm site on the Downtown Eastside. How has the feeling in the neighbourhood evolved?

A: When people close their eyes and think of a farm they see a pastoral scene with fences and a barn, rows of food and cows grazing. In our case, that visual is very different. Our farms float in a sea of roadways and tall buildings and along the alleys in some hard parts of Vancouver.

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University of Pittsburgh students use fish to create urban farm

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With the help of a $10,000 award from Betaburgh, Pitt students Vinh Luong and Joe DiPietro are starting a self-sufficient mini farm. Courtesy of Vinh Luong. Click on image for larger file.

“Watching how excited people get about aquaponics and something that I am creating is definitely the best part,” DiPietro said.

By Jace Bridges
The Pitt News
Sept 9, 2016

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The steel fish tank sits at the base of the portable farm system and houses about 300 tilapia. The system filters the fish water and converts it into nitrate-rich water, which is pumped up to the wooden greenhouse through irrigation tubes and over to the towers of the farm.

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Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC’s First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development

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Empress Green, a 4,500-square foot urban farm located at Urby Staten Island, a 900-apartment complex in New York City. All photographs courtesy of Urby Staten Island. Click on image for larger file.

Some apartment complexes tout such amenities as pools and weight rooms, but a new development in Staten Island, called Urby, prefers to crow about the organic farm located in the courtyard of one of two rental complexes

By Andrew Amelinckx
Modern Farmer
September 8, 2016

Excerpt:

Zaro Bates: I went to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University where I studied development sociology. We looked at all of the implications of our global society moving away from being agricultural based toward development of more urban centers. That was kind of my framework for going into doing more hands-on work in urban agriculture.

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