What is a food swap?
What do people swap at a food swap?
- Home grown produce – fruit, veggies, bunches to herbs (tied together), nuts, honey, eggs
- Homemade products – jams, marmalades, preserves, pickles, dried fruit, sauces, cordials
- Garden improvers – worm juice, chicken/horse/cow manure, used feed bags
- Household storage – jars, baskets, reusable containers
Why do people go to food swaps?
The mosts common reason people attend food swaps it because they want to tread more lightly on our planet. Food swaps are for local produce and supplies by local people. This cuts out the ‘middle man’ and can reduces costs (swapping for other produce rather than money). It reduces food miles transporting food from both overseas and interstate and can help to create food stability on a local scale. It is better for the environment. The food is usually grown without pesticides or other chemicals so often better for you. People also go to food swaps to share their gardening stories, swap hints and tips and talk with like-minded people. It’s a beautiful thing!
Where are the food swaps around Brisbane?
There are new food swaps, harvest sharing and co-ops popping up all the time. These are the ones we know about so far!
The Brookfield Food Swaps
Green Dean’s Crop Swaps
Now in its 6th year, Green Dean’s Crop Swaps is a monthly community gathering to share, swap, trade and talk about fresh organic home-grown produce, home-made food, recyclables and green ideas.
Here’s what they say about their food swaps
- They are a 100% not-for-profit project
- All members of the community are welcome
- All homegrown vegies, fruit, herbs, seedlings, seeds, plants, trees, flowers, craft, and homemade food are welcome
- No amount of produce is too small or too big to bring along
- It’s a great place to share food and garden tips, info and ideas
Brisbane Local Food
Turnstyle Bulk Buyers Co-op & food swap
Turnstyle Bulk Buyers is a community co-operative, who use their combined purchasing power to buy, swap and share local, ethically produced food and household goods. They are a group of local Brisbane people, with a common interest in food, and a desire to consume mostly seasonal, local, organic produce while avoiding supporting the big corporations that are controlling much of our consumer world! They buy in bulk, as directly from the producer as is possible, providing the producer with a fair price while skipping the middle man and avoiding price mark ups, therefore keeping good quality, ethical, and environmentally sound food reasonably priced for their members.
Val’s Veg Co-op
Located at The Gap. Every second Wednesday, they buy bulk produce and share them among families who have registered an interest. They currently group buy dairies, bread, fruit and vegetable (mixed boxes and extras) and some dry groceries bulk. From time to time, they also share harvest from their garden. You can find out more on their Facebook page here.
Community garden food swaps
Many community gardens also hold their own food swaps around Brisbane. One such on is the Salisbury Community Garden which held theirs recently. We’ve listed all the community gardens we know about here.
This movement is growing in popularity. If you know of any we haven’t included. Add them in comments and we will add to our main article. Enjoy!
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