Join us for a day of engagement strategies, design considerations & practical ideas for launching projects that grow serious amounts of fresh food in our cities with master gardener, social entrepreneur & change maker Michael Ableman.
Michael will show you the strategies he used to develop the thriving urban community farm, Fairview Gardens, in Santa Barbara California & North America’s most successful urban farming project, Sole Food Street Farms in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Michael Ableman is A renowned speaker, storyteller, and author, Michael Ableman is highly sought after for his hands-on experience in food and agriculture, social enterprise, ecology and sustainable living, and urban agriculture. Ableman offers a unique and authentic perspective, grounded in a forty-year career working on the land and teaching others. With a warm and engaging writing and speaking style, Ableman uses storytelling and photography to empower audiences to address complex issues and to actively use food as a gathering point for community and for social, environmental, and personal healing. Ableman has written and photographed four acclaimed books: From The Good Earth: A Celebration of Growing Food Around the World, On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm, Fields of Plenty: A Farmer’s Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It, and most recently Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier. Ableman is the co-founder and director of Sole Food Street Farms, one of North America’s largest urban agriculture social enterprises, established to provide employment to individuals who are managing poverty and addiction. He is the founder of the non-profit Center For Urban Agriculture, the charity Cultivate Canada, the Center For Arts, Ecology, and Agriculture, and co-founder of the Agrarian Elders. Ableman currently lives and farms with his family at the Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. “Whenever Michael Ableman sees a barrier, he runs over and kicks it in. Lucky for us, this strikingly focused anarchist writes about it too, sharing the deeply moving story of reclaiming land and building real community in the most unlikely places, from the ground up.” -Dan Barber, chef and author