Michael Ableman, the cofounder and director of Sole Food Street Farms, is one of the early visionaries of the urban agriculture movement. He has created high-profile urban farms in Watts, California; Goleta, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Ableman has also worked on and advised dozens of similar projects throughout North America and the Caribbean, and he is the founder of the nonprofit Center for Urban Agriculture.

Alongside Street Farm, Michael is the author and photographer of From the Good Earth; A celebration of growing food around the world (Abrams, 1993), On Good Land: The autobiography of an urban farm (Chronicle Books, 1998), and Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it (Chronicle Books 2005). He is the subject of the award-winning PBS film Beyond Organic narrated by Meryl Streep.



  •  12 Fresh mushrooms, cut into wedges (6 pieces per mushroom)
  •  ¾ cup raw pumpkins seeds, boiled for 10 minutes, drained and cooled
  •  1 Red onion, sliced into thin slivers
  •  1 cup fire roasted corn
  •  ½ cup sweet orange pepper, diced
  •  1 cup Lime juice (approx. 6 limes)
  •  ½ cup vegetable broth
  •  2 cloves garlic
  •  1 teaspoon fresh red hot chili, diced (Jalopeno, Jamaican, serrano)
  •  ¼ cup chopped Cilantro
  •  Fresh lettuce
  •  Salt and pepper
  •  Avocado
  •  Tomato


In a bowl put the mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, corn, orange pepper, red pepper and onion. Combine the lime juice, vegetable broth, and garlic. Add salt, and pepper. Pour marinade over vegetables and wait a few minutes before serving. Serve with a leaf of lettuce, and  garnish with avocado and tomato.