May 11, 2013 · 3:30 PM
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In May, our monthly Portland Trading Post swap event turns into the mother of all seed and plant swaps! Bring seedlings, divisions, seeds, propagated plants ... anything at all to help each other get food going in our landscapes.
Please use the comments area of this page to chat in advance about what you might be bringing and/or looking for from others. Please label your offerings as best you can and bring some extra envelopes and markers (for seed swapping) and some buckets or pots or plastic bags for getting plant material home.
This is one of our most popular swap events so space is limited.
If you are a member of Hour Exchange Portland ( join here if you're not) consider bringing more substantial items to trade to time dollar hours! I'll make some "I'll Trade for Time Dollars" table tents for anyone who wants to post one on her/his trading table.
The main idea is that we are stepping outside of the cash economy and mutually "gifting" things to each other in a way that turns whatever we have in abundance into a diversity of goodness and good will.
The only rules are:
- No cash changes hands
- Don't start the swapping until everyone's there and has a chance to look around at what's on offer (usually about 15 minutes into the swap, but it's flexible)
- You can swap with someone or simply "gift" things to each other without taking a return item. Your choice. Make sure you've found a home for all your stuff before you leave (or take home what hasn't been gifted).
- If you bring a food item with multiple ingredients, pls label.
Please use the comments area of this page to talk about what you might be bringing or seeking. Food/Snacks/Fiddles/Juggling/Attended Children welcome.
Kid and family-friendly (kids being supervised!)
Keep in mind that gifting and bartering is still something many of us are getting a handle on...it requires different thinking for our society which has been so used to "monetizing" every transaction or product.