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Growing food, jobs, and hope: New book profiles the work of Sole Food Farms in Vancouver

People struggling with addiction and mental illness help tend to the farm.
Sole Food Farms uses land in downtown Vancouver to grow crops. (Sole Food Farms/YouTube)

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood is known for being the poorest postal code in the country.

Because of that reputation, there can often be a divide between those who live in it and those outside of the neighborhood.

For the last seven years, Sole Food Farms has been bridging that gap. It's turned unused city land into street farms all over Vancouver. Those farms are taken care by people who struggle with drug addiction and mental illness—like Lyle Hayes, who works for Sole Food.

Sole Food's co-founder, Michael Ableman, has just written a book about the initiative, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier.

Michael and Lyle talk about what Sole Food has brought to their lives.

Watch this short video about the story of Sole Food Farms: