This Urban Farm Rehabilitates People

By Anna Rohleder, Sustainable Food Trust

Farming in the city is no longer a paradox to most urbanites. But farming, quite literally, on the street provokes a whole different way of thinking around the idea of urban farming. The urban farm is no longer a cloistered site of food production within the environs of the city, instead, it’s a fundamental part of the urban fabric. Such thinking requires a different set of ideas, maybe even a new vocabulary. Sole Food Street Farms is generating some of those new words. Take the word “farmily”, coined by one of the staff members. It encapsulates the rich social connections that can come about through meaningful employment in farm work. Sole Food is an urban agriculture project with a social service mandate. Its street farming operation trains and employs people from the Downtown Eastside (DTES), one of the most economically depressed and drug-afflicted neighbourhoods in Vancouver, Canada. The DTES is...

New (free) E-book Offers Sustainable, Equitable Solutions to Building Resilience

By Kyler Geoffroy,

In an era rocked by environmental, economic, and political upheaval, our communities must be resilient to survive and thrive. But what does resilience mean, exactly? And how can we address the problems facing America today — poverty, job loss, crumbling infrastructure, pollution — while preparing for an uncertain tomorrow? To help answer these questions, Island Press launched the Urban Resilience Project  in 2013, with support from The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation. The Project works with a diverse group of thinkers and activists to produce a wide-ranging series of articles on resilience. A compilation of this work is now available in the e-book Resilience Matters 2016: Sustainable, Equitable Solutions, available for free online. The articles collected in the e-book address the economic, ecological and social dimensions of resilience. They report on a variety of threats, from the vulnerability of transit systems to the economic crises facing Rust Belt cities. Importantly, they showcase solutions that are sustainable and equitable. From...