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Will Food – As a Social Enterprise – Catch On?

Touch the Soil News #417 Philip Loo of George Town, Malaysia is roughly 8,500 miles from San Francisco. Philip believes most everyone can grow a portion of their food including protein. The way to do it is by learning some basics about aquaponics and then setting up an enterprise in your home. Loo calls his business Loo Urban Farm. He not only sells produce from his own aquaponic greenhouses, but offers workshops to learn how. His two-day workshop for ($250 USD) teaches you how to build a basic and commercial aquaponcis system that allows you grow pesticide free and non-toxic organic food. Loo also sells a home aquaponics system that…

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Sole Food Street Farms – An Interesting Take on Urban Food and Social Enterprise

Touch the Soil News #220 A few years back, while on the lecturing circuit, Susan and I met Michael Ableman. Ableman is author of three books and has spent a lifetime working and developing local and sustainable farms. Much of his life has been spent working in non-profit food enterprises. Today, Ableman is involved in one of the more unique urban food enterprises in the world. Working in Vancouver, Canada, Ableman started Sole Food Street Farms. The enterprise is a non-profit, financing its operations not only with the sale of produce, but donations as well. This year, Sole Food Street Farms created an urban orchard of 500 fruit trees –…

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