Thursday, May 7

Veggie Trader Down Under

I want this. Now.
Isnt this a really cool idea? I can get quite romantic about the idea of trading fruit and vegetables. Something about it just really appeals to me. The earthy connection, the sense of community and belonging on the planet. The reference point to our fundamental need for fuel and appreciation for what this amazing world offers up to us. Do you ever look at something like a rasberry, maple syrup or a banana and imagine discovering it for the first time, this mind blowing blast of sweet offered up by plants? What a score. How incredible nature is! Ive always done this and had this kind of sensibility. Match that with an opportunity to bypass the indifferent, industrial system of food production and distribution and Im one happy camper.

If only our local communities were a little bigger then maybe this trader idea would be a more viable option. Im really loving the opportunity blogging has given me to meet people and trade food on a small scale this way. Id love to start something like this. Maybe after the PhD....

11 comments:

Rest is not idleness said...

It's a great idea, I came across this site a while ago, I haven't had a really good look around but it maybe worth looking at.

http://ooooby.ning.com/

Pip

Veggie Gnome said...

I have been dreaming about an excess produce swap for a long time. It would be such a neat idea!

Yes, hurry up with becoming Dr. Who, then get on with the produce swap market. I already like that idea. Thanks for volunteering. *LOL*

Katrine said...

I'm helping to start a community garden and am really hoping there will be lots of swapping between the plots and sharing amongst the orchard. It's one of the things i'm most looking forward to :)

innercitygarden said...

There are food swapping things in Melbourne, where locals all turn up with their backyard glut, and swap for someone else's. Kinda like a farmers' market, but without the farmers.

Kel said...

http://forums.permaculture.org.au/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9283

Yeessss!!!!! Pip- checked it out, thanks, it looks like its in NZ. melbourne schmelbourne...im gonna have to move otherwise! and katrine...we're gonna have to use you! i think you should start a blog- document this wonderful garden you are creating .please. grin

Kel said...

veggie- thanks for the job

Rest is not idleness said...

Even though it is in NZ and Melbourne, we can still join in and start it in Adelaide, at least that is the way I read it. You are sort of doing it already via your blog and vege gnomes
Pip

Barbara said...

Isn't there something in
Goodwood on Saturday mornings
where you can swap your excess
produce (something to do with
the LETS market)? I think
there's something about it on
the Friends of the Earth website.

Kel said...

Pip- totally agree and personally, something in the hills would be just perfect!

Barbara- thanks for the tip- i shall do some 'googling'!

Notes From The Frugal Trenches said...

"I can get quite romantic about the idea of trading fruit and vegetables"

that gave me a chuckle!

Kel said...

:-)