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Community Seed Swap Event 

Every month, we meet at a local venue in the small town of Nanango in Queensland, Australia, to share produce and household goods with the community. My friend suggested the concept three years ago, and I thought it was a fantastic idea. At first, there were only 10 people, and now, there are often more than 60 people gathered every month.

People bring excess produce from their gardens, as well as plants, seedlings, cuttings, and seeds. They also bring useful household items, such as newspapers, books, jars, and containers. They don’t just share goods, they also share a laugh and smile (one person even shared their musical talents one month). Our aim was to create community as well as share our excess produce, and it has been a huge success! Let me tell you how it works for us and encourage you to start a share in your own community.

Fresh Garden Produce On Table

The name is important. We nearly called it a “produce swap,” but it was clear from the start that we wanted people to share their excess, rather than feeling like they needed a fair swap for what they brought along. Making it a share simplifies the transactions. It’s more about giving than taking, which makes everyone feel good.

Be clear about the rules. Our rules are very clear and announced at the start of every share: Bring what you don’t need, take what you want, and make sure everyone around you gets to take something too. At the end, please take home anything that you brought with you that hasn’t been taken yet.

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