Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bartering as community building

Bartering. Trading. Sharing...
A woman who walks by our house every day to an office next door asked me if I'd trade some of my apricots for some of her eggs, she has chickens at home. And I traded with someone else- apricots for plums. And the neighbor across the street brought over some of the first ripe figs from her tree, and avocados from her neighbor's tree. And a friend who makes barettes said maybe we could do a trade, with a onesie I made for her upcoming new baby. And my latest is custom making pot holders.
Wherever I go I bring apricots to give to people. And I feel SO good having something to GIVE. And I don't want to see them go to waste! They are falling off the tree faster that I can pick them up. Last week I made preserves with my moms. I fantasize about being as capable as the womenfolk of yore, who made clothes, baked, canned, and raised the kids.
Can you imagine what changes we'd see in our community if more people thought about sharing and trading services and such, and not just money?
That being said, I know how to sew, draw, walk on stilts, tell stories in English and Spanish, and I have an apricot tree. What can YOU contribute?

No comments:

Post a Comment