Michael Ableman is a farmer at Foxglove Farm, in Salt Spring Island, BC, where he raises a variety of row crops, berries, and grains. He is the author of “From the Good Earth: A Celebration of Growing Food Around the World”, “On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm”, and “Fields of Plenty”.
Michael Ableman is the founder and executive director emeritus of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, a non-profit organization based on one of the oldest and most diverse organic farms in southern California, where he farmed from 1981 to 2001. At its peak the farm served as an important community and education center and a national model for small scale and urban agriculture, hosting as many as 5000 people per year for tours, classes, festivals, and apprenticeships. Under Ableman’s leadership the farm was saved from development and preserved under one of the earliest and most unique active agricultural conservation easements of its type in the country.
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