Is Free – Locally Grown – Fruit And Veg Possible? Have A Read

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 | 4 Comments

One of the ideas the wonderful people at Transition Town have been bandying about is the concept of a local fruit and vegetable exchange.

Imagine - like Baldrick - having your very own turnip

Imagine - like Baldrick - having your very own turnip

The idea is simple. You have a large feijoa bush in your garden whose annual crop is too large for you to consume. So a significant proportion of that crop rots on the ground.

But imagine if you collected up those feijoas, and could exchange them locally for something that you and your family consumed a lot of – like potatoes, or mandarins or something. With no money changing hands.

And in order to conduct the exchange, you wandered down to the Community House or somewhere one Sunday afternoon, chatted to a few mates and negotiated your exchange with a fellow grower?

That’s the basic concept. There are details that need to be worked out (like ensuring a variety of produce is available at each market), but as a master of the world of online, The Speculator would be delighted in assisting in facilitating the processes required.

Does this idea appeal? Is it unworkable? Give us your thoughts below.

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  1. Bond says:

    Freely exchanging the things we grow is always GREAT fun. Count me and my prize marrow in for sure.

  2. GB says:

    Great idea, they have been doing this sort of thing on Waiheke Island for years, including a community organic cafe and garden..there’s a few things that Waiheke Island has that Devonport could take notice of!..brings people closer together for starters and barter is encouraged more on a daily level!

  3. Amanda says:

    I too would love to see this happen within our community, there are many trees over the years I have seen, as you mentioned, with fruit falling to the ground and not even been offered to the immediate neighbor (personal grievance). Perhaps if some of us committed to growing just ONE fruit or vege of their choice, others will jump in, but I think it is one of those fab ideas that will take on its own life over time. Count me in if this goes ahead.

  4. Simon says:

    Sounds like a very good idea. It also fits in nicely with guerilla-planting the berms with productive trees….

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