Friday, December 30, 2011
In a nutshell the book explores trends towards sharing and lending resources that we may no longer need or have an excess of, instead of throwing it away. Likewise, if you need something, borrow it instead of buying something new. People are networking together and sharing cars, bikes, clothes, you name it, instead of buying more and more.
This is something that we are already doing at the Crop and Swap by sharing our homegrown produce, but we can expand on this idea of collaborative sharing within our community. For example, many of us make jams, and may need jars. others may have chooks and might appreciate old egg shells to grind into shell grit. Someone else may be in need of bricks for garden beds while someone has loads sitting behind the house at home.
If you have something you want to get rid of or are in need of something else, we will be leaving as register on the resource library table. Simply fill in your "wants" or "have's" and we will post in in the next Share Barrow newsletter.
What do you think? let us know if you have any other ideas about this and how we could initiate it at the Crop and Swap.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thanks also to Margaret for her suggestion about the share barrow, that everyone has to put at least one item into the share barrow before swapping begins. We think this is a great suggestion, as it is a good way to remember that the Crop and Swap is first and foremost about sharing with your neighbour.
Don't forget that the next swap is a little earlier than usual, being held on the 7th of January. It will be bumper crop season, and sett to be one of our best swap meets yet. New swappers are always welcome, so spread the word and tell your neighbours and friends.
We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you on January 7th with arm fulls of home grown and made goodies.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
To kick off our very first Crop & Swap we have screen printed (by hand) some 'fair trade' hessian bags. The bags will be on sale for $15 on Saturday and all proceeds will go towards covering the ongoing costs of hall hire and public liability insurance.
Two sleeps to go, see you Saturday.
A, S, J & J
Monday, November 7, 2011
Okay so how does this swapping thing actually work?
Never been to a swap before and starting to have some pre match nerves? Fear not, this has been happening for millions of years. Our Paleolithic ancestors from the stone age formed tribes of 25 to 100 and survived by gathering plants and hunting wild animals in packs!
Nothing quite as wild is planned for Faulconbridge Hall :-)
When you arrive at 10am go to the registration desk where Annemaree and Bec will greet you with a smile and hand out tags for your ‘swapping goods’. You then put your goods on display in the swapping circle…grab a cuppa and meet your fellow swappers.
Swap time will start at 1030 am. Swaps are worked out independently between the swappers…but there are 3 Golden Rules:
- Home made or home grown
- Quality produce
- Swap in good spirit
And most importantly have loads of fun!
If you have any questions, shoot us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve, Annemaree, Joe & Jo
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Don't despair, all this and more will soon be at your dirty fingertips and green thumbs.
We proudly announce the Crop & Swap resource library.
Our idea is this. If you have spare gardening journals, books, dvds or equipment that you would be happy to donate to the Crop & Swap library, bring them along to our first meeting.
Our aim is to have a collection of useful resources for people to borrow from and return at the following Crop & Swap meet.
For example we have several volumes of Earth Garden and Backyard Farmer magazines, some seedling trays and an aquaponics dvd that we will happily donate to the Crop & Swap resource library.
If you have any other resources that you think would be useful for your fellow Crop & Swappers, bring them along to the first Crop & Swap meet.
Tell us what you can donate.
see you soon,
Sunday, October 9, 2011
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Loving the sunshine,
Jo, Joe, Bug and Steve
Saturday, September 3, 2011
And besides, it gave us an excuse to chat to people we might not of otherwise. We met one of the staff at Jazz Apple Cafe in Glenbrook, who moved to the Mountains in Feb and was excited about the Crop & Swap to get to know people locally.
(editors note: she was much friendlier than the German Shepherd guarding its letter box in Faulconbridge).
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It's time to spread the word. If you know a neighbour that you think would like to get involved in the crop and swap, let them know about the blog and the first meeting. Everyone is welcome.
We aim to meet once a month on every second saturday of the month between 10am and 12pm, from the 12th November onward, unitl at least April.
When you arrive, make sure that you register and then get yourself an espresso coffee or tea, and feel free to mingle before the swapping begins. Steve makes a killer latte on his sexy red espresso machine.
A gold coin donation is requested, for those who can manage it, to help cover costs for hall hire and public liability insurance (the not so sexy red tape).
A complimentary cotton "Crop & Swap" bag will go to the swapper with the most exotic swapping item, as judged by the sexy red coffee machine (or the numer of audible OOH's and AHH's).
Cant wait to see you there.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
In the meantime, get growing, and tell your neighbours, or leave a message and let us know if you're coming, or what you think!
See you at the crop and Swap soon!