Community: Sole Food
Sole Food is an organization of street farmers on a mission to “empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs and agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.”
Unlike many mainstream employers, Sole Food uses employment as an outreach tactic (for individuals coping with addiction and mental illness) and operates in congruence with provincial social services agreements. Here, the founders of Sole Food are careful to maintain balance, one that will ensure that farmers remain eligible for social assistance in addition to the development they experience through their work with Sole Food. Operating with guidance from farmer/author Michael Ableman, individuals are trained to design and manage small production farms on urban lots and oversee the harvest, consolidation and sale to local markets and restaurants.
The success of their work is driven by you. Share your experience with through your personal social media channels with the #StreetFarms hash tag to elevate the conversation around urban growing. Curious about other like-minded people in your hood? Check out the community section online.
Consider the journey of a seed as a metaphor for your life and that of your community. Planted in a nourishing environment and supplied with all it needs for survival, what a wee seedling will produce with time is deliciously abundant.