This is so... fun!

What is a Good Trade?
Trades are Useful and Meaningful
Getting Involved

Be Thoughtful

Give What You Actually Want

Who am I to say what a person needs? Maybe you do need an older, somewhat used, yellow, deep-pill floor mat. Its just that there are some things that you know you would want, and some things you know you would just re-gift or throw away. Some things you rely on every day and some things you keep in the attic. What do you value? Be pragmatic. Trade pragmatically.

Do you need a bush-hog for your tractor? Well, make sure that extra post hole driller gets to someone who can put it to use. Do they owe you? Yes. Figure out a good swap. Work or harvest or something similar. Just make sure you don't let that thing sit unused in your shed while your friend could use it. You know you could sure use a bush-hog. Someone has one sitting in a shed somewhere, unused.

Pay It Forward

Gift economy is a little uncomfortable. So I have 10 years of writing, music making, poetry and other creativity that I would like the world to experience. But I might get a baby bed quilt in exchange. Maybe it's worth it? I don't know. I do know however, that someone needs a baby bed quilt, and I will look for that person.

The trick to trade economies is that they are accounted in love and awareness, and the transactions are long in the making. Sometimes the trades are funny and would make book-keepers irate. I think that's the way its supposed to be. Be generous. I'll try to be generous as well.

Things People Traded

Signing a Contract

Legal Work

I needed a contract. It was a perfect swap.

Photo by Cytonn Photography

Bees On Honeycomb

2 Gallons of Honey

Amazing, unheated, natural honey. Thanks so much.

Photo by Meggyn Pomerleau

Box of Salmon Fillets on Ice

You know who you are. Right, they caught, filleted and chilled these amazing fish. Alaskans; so privileged. Possibly the most amazing thing I ever ate. Thanks again.

Photo by Marco Tjokro

Girl In Hoop House

Some UV Resistant Greenhouse Plastic

Hey, it was pretty cool. They had extra, and we made a greenhouse with it.

Photo by Zoe Schaeffer

Cutting Beef

A Quarter Beef

Someone found a local butcher that made a general selection of cuts. Nice.

Photo by Usman Yousaf

Maybe You Have Extra?

Hands With Seeds

Seeds

Maybe you have extra seeds? Especially wildcrafted or hand harvested! Maybe you have some little starts of something?

wool balls in basket

Wool Yarn

That you sheared, cleaned, carded and dyed yourself!? Or not... but who doesn't need more wool yarn? Or wool working tools...

Stacks of Books

Books

We love books. Good books are difficult to find. Maybe you have some favorites that we don't have yet?

Learn

Alternate Economy Notes

Here are some resources that I have enjoyed on my path to discover an alternative understanding of economy. Of course, my study started with Jesus Christ and his teachings, but religion has so clouded his statements that I suggest starting in other places, and then re-considering his teachings once you have covered some new territory in your own thoughts.

Also, experience poverty if you have not yet done so. Poverty is a fantastic instructor.

Worgl Currency