Interview with Michael Ableman, urban agriculture pioneer and author

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Join us for a talk with Michael Ableman discussing his latest book, Street Farm, with Lauren Lewis of the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance. Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves.

Michael Ableman, the cofounder and director of Sole Food Street Farms, is one of the early visionaries of the urban agriculture movement. He has created high-profile urban farms in Watts, California; Goleta, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Ableman has also worked on and advised dozens of similar projects throughout North America and the Caribbean, and he is the founder of the nonprofit Center for Urban Agriculture. He is the subject of the award-winning PBS film Beyond Organic, narrated by Meryl Streep. His previous books include From the Good Earth, On Good Land, and Fields of Plenty. Ableman lives and farms at the 120-acre Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.

This program will take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and is free and open to the public. Michael’s book will be available for sale, thanks to our friends at Book Passage, and a book signing will follow the talk.