12.03.2014

my kind of currency


we watched the farm school dog over thanksgiving break.  it was a pleasure, to be sure.  as thanks for doing so, as I dropped Claire off at farm school today I was handed a lovely red and green cloth bag filled with homemade apple-pie jam, black and blue (berry) jam, yellow squash relish, and a pack of (from the farm) pork chops (I was also gifted many big sloppy kisses from the pup himself).  this is my kind of economy, for sure.  I'd love to barter on a more regular basis and would happily go about using the likes of pet-sitting and salsa, errand-running and elderberry syrup, bread and honey and jam as my currency.  I suppose in a way we are doing this already with some folks, here and there.  but no doubt there'd be magic in extending it even more.

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  1. This is wonderful. We have done a little bartering here and there, but like you would love to do more.

    PS Did you see my response to your question about the spiral...no problem at all, hubby can get it ready for you :)

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    1. seems so fitting then, our upcoming swap for the spiral!

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  2. How wonderful, we are still enjoying the wonderful honey you sent for the swap (it would be gone already if I didn't have a giant container of honey to use up first!). Happy holidays!

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    1. so happy to hear you are enjoying the honey! hope all is well with you and yours~

      happy holidays to you, too!

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  3. dreams of a simpler, more connected world... such a beautiful thing :) my mother in law is the queen of trade. they are fisherman and she trades fish for everything under the sun. it's a wonderful thing.

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    1. is that where you get all of that tuna????
      I am now imagining her as this salty, cheerful, wonderful woman.

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  4. A great currency, such a great way to trade.

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  5. Mike and I were just talking about living this exact way the other evening. While we do a lot of trading here I think the world would be amazing if we all did it.
    Enjoy your wonderful goodies.

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    1. I agree completely~ it'd go a long way in bringing a sense of community back to a lot of places, for sure.

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  6. With over 20 hens and family of 5, we find ourselves in excess of eggs in the warmer/lighter months. It is indeed wonderful currency--somehow more building of community happens in these little exchanges. "Here is the product I cultivated with my own hands!"

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. wow I bet you do! we have 6 hens (5 that lay) and we have an extra dozen or two weekly in the summer. it is exactly that- community building. and what a great way to do so!

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  7. definitely a very good currency :) sloppy pup kisses are the best!

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thanks for taking the time to read and comment~