The Gympie Harvest Swap returns in May

On Saturday 8 May at 9am you can bring any excess produce you have, stuff that is useful for gardens, or your home made goodies and swap them for someone else’s treasures.

No money changes hands and what you might get in return can be surprising. You may never have seen some of the locally grown produce before, because it may not be feasible for supermarkets to ship, store and sell them. Have you seen a grumichama in the supermarket before? Or rose apples or saba nuts?

You will be able to swap something with another fruit or vegetable you might not have known grows in the region and potentially learn how to grow it yourself. And an important outcome of this is that you will be helping reduce food miles. A win win situation.

Harvest swaps work along similar lines as ‘one person’s trash is another person’s treasure’. What might become waste or compost at your place (you have way too much of it) will gratefully become part of other people’s meals.

Swaps are money free and work on an honesty system. So, the exchange needs to be fair. You can ‘shop’ from other people’s offerings for an equivalent value. So you might leave lemons and receive a seedling or two.

Harvest swaps are a great way to meet people, learn about their passions, share knowledge about growing, try new foods and learn new culinary skills. The Gympie Harvest Swap will introduce you to new friends in our community, reduce waste, help build a stronger Gympie, save you money, and help all of us work towards greater sustainability and understand the issues related to food access.

The swap is a joint monthly event, hosted by the Gympie Permaculture Group and Gympie Community Garden. The swaps will be held on the second Saturday of every month.

Where? Gympie Community Garden, 37 Tozer Park Road, opposite the Aquatic Centre.

When? Saturday 8 May, 9am to 10am.

What to bring?

Your surplus homegrown produce: veggies, fruit, herbs, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, eggs, flowers, honey, worm juice and home made fertiliser.

Home made goods: your baked cakes, bread and slices, jams, preserves and ferments. And your best recipes if you are willing to share! If it’s yours and you have too much of it, share the love!