Bartering for goods and services might seem like an old-fashioned practice, but not in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, where residents might trade surplus tomatoes and eggs for plant bulbs and honey. And just in time for the holidays, they're hosting a barter meet-up next week - an event that, in light of the season's focus on consumerism, might be just what you need to slow down, meet your neighbors and reflect on the value of homegrown and handmade.
Formed this year, Backyard Barter is an online community where neighbors barter their homegrown food and related services and materials. In a 21st century spin on an age-old tradition, the various goods and services are organized on the group's website
which helps facilitate the trades between neighbors.
On November 28th, Backyard Barter (in partnership with Sustainable Ballard
) is hosting a holiday barter and potluck event at the Sunset Community Center in Seattle from 6:30-9:00. Members are encouraged to bring their homegrown or handmade goods to trade with neighbors. The only rules? No cash and have fun!
To become a member and RSVP for the event, visit Backyard Barter's website
(Image: Mike Austin | Seattle Magazine)