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Film traces a worldwide obsession in ‘The Fruit Hunters’


Montreal author Adam Gollner, left, and Yung Chang present their findings at Jean Talon Market. Photograph by Allen McInnis, Montreal Gazette.

Documentary is based on Montrealer Adam Gollner’s book

By T’cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette Film Critic
November 23, 2012

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“I had (Gollner’s book) with me on my travels on the festival circuit for Up the Yangtze,” Chang said. “I went to Brazil and Tel Aviv, and places with different kinds of fruit, and I used the book as a guide to find them. I felt like I was on an adventure.”

Chang’s film brought him to Hawaii, Bali, Borneo and the Amazon in pursuit of rare fruits, the stories behind them and the people fighting to preserve them. Like Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma, curators at Florida’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Or Isabella Dalla Ragione, an Italian agronomist who traces the background of fig varieties through Renaissance paintings.

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Mysterious case of lost chicken in Vancouver BC


The chicken in Hollingdale’s bathroom, nestled between the shower and sink. Photo by Hazel Hollingdale.

As urban chicken farming grows in popularity, the probability of finding a lost chicken will increase, creating a need for broader awareness about how residents should handle stray poultry.

By Zoe Tennant
UBC – The Thunderbird
Nov 23, 2012

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When Donna Miazga showed up for work at her east Vancouver community centre early one rainy Saturday morning, just as she did every week, she was startled by an unusual noise: clucking.

Running towards her was none other than a drenched chicken.
“I was quite shocked.”

Miazga found some crackers, crushed them up, fed the chicken, and got to work. But it kept clucking and tapping on the window for more.

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Students Help Inject Life Into Inglewood’s Food Desert with food gardens

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Urban gardens are sprouting up across the city as part of an effort to bring healthy, organic food to more LA families.

By John Cadiz Klemack
NBC Los Angeles
Nov 21, 2012

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There’s something sprouting in Inglewood, and it’s so simple, a 7 year old can explain it.

“We grow vegetables,” said Michee, a student at Warren Lane Elementary School.

Buritius, 8, goes a step further. “We grow seeds and soil so we can make vegetables and then we can be strong.”

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