You strike up a conversation with your next-door neighbors and find out that they've got a sweet home-brew set up (albeit the beer currently resides in brewing equipment kept in the bathtub). You happen to let slip that you're rather adept at starting vegetable seeds—and then before you know it, you decide to trade. What a great idea!
Bartering and trading with friends, neighbors, and local craftspeople is a great way to be super-resourceful. We trade tools with friends and neighbors quite often, reducing our own consumption and enforcing good relationships, and we're getting to know our neighbors well enough that we're hoping to actually barter landscaping design skills for fresh veggies later this summer.
It's a system that's been around forever—and yet seems to fall out of sight (and out of mind) in urban settings. We're curious: do you barter with folks in your area? Maybe it's for something as simple as garden tools, or maybe it's bartering with your skills (deck-designing for baked goods, perhaps?).
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