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New 'Craigslist' for local food launches in BC

A new website,, billed as a Craigslist-style site that provides free online classifieds for locally produced food and agricultural products officially launched today in B.C.. It's open to farmers, processors, grocers, restaurants, distributors and the general public, and anyone can post and browse ads.

Farm Folk/City Folk launched the first Shared Harvest site in B.C., focused on Metro Vancouver, in September. That site has grown to 140 members, and a quick browse reveals an ad selling local blueberries, an ad looking for land for urban farming endeavors, and an ad seeking a good source for cheese curds.

Farm Folk/City Folk is hoping the site will be a place where grocers, hotels, restaurants and gardeners can connect with charities that accept donated food.

Currently in B.C., Shared Harvest covers Metro Vancouver, Victoria and the Okanagan-Similkameen. Farm Folk/City Folk is also advertising a contest in which people can vote to decide which region should win the next Shared Harvest site.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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