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.
Often, there is coffee.
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.