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Vancouver Filmmakers live like dumpster divers for six months

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For six months, Vancouver filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer ate only discarded food. Their shocking documentary, Just Eat IT! highlights the fact that 40 per cent of all North American food goes into landfills.

By Daphne Bramham
Vancouver Sun
October 1, 2014

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Baldwin and Rustemeyer spent $200 during those six months on food that was being culled from shelves because of slight blemishes or its best before date — that misleading number that makes consumers shun its purchase.

Rustemeyer estimates they salvaged $20,000 worth of food from dumpsters behind grocery stores, food warehouses and processors.

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Airdrie’s community orchard brings urban agriculture to park – Alberta, Canada

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Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown addressed the audience at the community orchard planting event at Jensen Park on Sept. 20, expressing his excitement about what this project will bring to the neighbourhood and the city. Photo by Jessi owan/Rocky View Publishig.

This is such a great way to give residents access to fresh food.

By Jessi Gowan
Airdrie City View
Sep 25, 2014

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“We are trying to tie into that potential within the community to grow our own fruits and vegetables, and I think this is a really great initiative and a great start,” said Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown, at the community planting event on Sept. 20.

“We’ve always been known as a farming community when you look back at our history, and we still are in the surrounding area. This is one of the first steps as to what urban agriculture could look like here, turning what would otherwise be just grass into something that we can use, take care of and nurture.”

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Ruling on urban farm a mixed bag in Encinitas, California

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goatssGoats at Coral Tree Farm.

Council decides site can sell veggie baskets, but can’t hold yoga classes

By Barbara Henry
U-T San Diego
Sept. 25, 2014

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An urban farm in Encinitas that has run afoul of neighbors can operate in a limited way, the City Council decided late Wednesday. Offering yoga classes isn’t one of them.

Coral Tree Farm can continue its agricultural operations and it can also sell its veggie baskets onsite, but offering farm tours will require a special city permit and yoga classes won’t be allowed at all.

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