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The barter economy — coming soon to a backyard near you via @grist

The barter economy — coming soon to a backyard near you via @grist

Photo by Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan. My garden is overflowing with heirloom tomatoes! I can’t keep up with the egg drops from my Leghorns ! I don’t have enough room in my fridge for all this kefir starter! First world problems , yes, but problems faced by many a home-grower or -maker nonetheless. If only there were an elegant solution, one that didn’t involve choking down yet another eight-egg omelet or aggressively foisting that 20-pound bag of jalapenos on your coworkers … One that got you a little something in return, even … My friends, there is — at least here in Seattle. And last Sunday, it had me vigorously considering the trade-in value of a bag of homemade beef jerky while a banjo player plucked away in the background. I was at my first backyard bartering session, an idea so brilliant in its simplicity that I’m pissed I didn’t think of it. A group of local gardeners h...

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