SOLE Food Street Farms is a business with a social mission. The project transforms vacant land in the city of Vancouver into street farms and empowers people with limited resources by providing them with agricultural training and jobs. SOLE Food grows beautiful produce that is sold at farmer’s markets, to local restaurants and through their CSA program.
They are currently cultivating 4 acres of land, at 4 different locations in downtown Vancouver and employ 15 staff and 4 seasonal volunteers. The initiative not only provides food for the community but also an important connection to the natural world, something that is often lacking for many of the individuals who work on the farm.
I have always admired the work that SOLE Food is doing and enjoy buying their produce at the market. Over the years I have come to know some of the staff personally and was excited to do my first Instagram take over for them a month or so ago. I have been wanting to share some of the photos I captured at the farm on my site for a while now and am finally getting around to doing so. I have also included a super simple recipe that I posted for lovage salt.
Thanks to SOLE Food for letting me explore the farm, share what I captured and for all the important work you are doing to connect people with the land, each other, and the food we eat.
I have included the quantities to make about a half cup of salt. Feel free to increase or decease, using equal parts salt and lovage.
Makes 1/2 cup of lovage salt
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup lovage leaves
Place the salt and lovage in a mortar and pestle. Bash up the salt and lovage until you have a brilliant green salt and the lovage is more less incorporated. Spread the salt out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Let sit out for several hours to allow the salt to dry. Once dry, store in an airtight container. Use on eggs, potatoes or other steamed vegetables.