Food swaps (also known as produce swaps or urban harvests) work by people placing their contributions on a common table. Then they stand around (or sit) chatting. Then, when someone wants to leave, they take whatever they want off the table.
No money is involved.
It’s actually a social thing, not a swapping thing.
Sometimes there are events, like talks.
If you are interested in helping out at your local food swap, email us. Ditto if you are thinking of starting a new food swap in your community.
Some ideas of what you can swap
- Home-grown fruit, veggies, nuts.
- Gardening goodies (coffee grounds, worm juice etc).
- Recycled hessian sacks.
- Something you’ve baked (bread, cake, biscuits – please list ingredients).
- Copies of your favourite seasonal recipe.
- Seeds you’ve saved, seedlings and cuttings you’ve raised (only edible stuff).
- Gardening magazines or gardening books you’ve read.
- Homemade preserves (relishes, jams etc – please list ingredients).
- Re-used little jam jars.
Benefits of food swapping for you
- Add variety to your diet.
- Save money.
- Gain inspiration.
- Meet others you would not normally meet.
- Contribute to sustainability.
- Feel more connected to your community.
- No strings attached – sharing.
Benefits of food swapping for your community
- Strengthen local communities.
- Encourage organics (naturally occurring) spontaneous link within local communities.
- Reduce isolation and provide a connection point for members of the community including elderly and newly arrived residents.
- Foster the growing of food locally, food knowledge and good nutrition.
Benefits of food swapping for your environment
- Cut down food miles.
- Reduces waste, packaging and transport.
- Optimise the use of urban space for sustainability by encouraging backyard food production, making it more viable and rewarding.
- Offering an alternative model of exchange – based on sharing.
- Connect and inform in relation to local food sources, reduction of our footprint on the earth building a resilient ecosystem.