Mitre 10 backs crop swap

Beaudesert Crop Swap's Jodie Clark with Paul Allen from Mitre 10
Beaudesert Crop Swap's Jodie Clark with Paul Allen from Mitre 10

The first Beaudesert Community Crop Swap has received a boost for their first meeting, with the backing of local business Mitre 10.

Beaudesert Community Crop Swap Coordinator, Jodie Clark says the community event will give people the opportunity to swap home grown produce, seedlings and handmade items.

“Crop Swap is global and they’ve been going for years,” she said.

“I think Sydney was the first one in Australia and now they’re everywhere.”

Successful Crop Swap groups are now running locally in Jimboomba, Canungra,  Kooralbyn and Boonah.

Beaudesert Community Crop Swap will also have hand made items such as knitted and crocheted items and people are welcome to bring baked goods to swap.

“There might be a few of the older community members who would like to have fresh produce but might not have a garden but they might be crocheting and can bring those to swap.”

The idea behind crop swap is that no money changes hands.

Each table will have a sign, so it will be easy to place fruits, seedlings, cuttings, vegetables and handmade items.

There will be a ‘community love’ table where no exchange will be required, people can donate to that table and take from it without any expectation of a swap.

Unlike some Crop Swaps, pre-swaps will not be overseen by Jodie or anyone from the Crop Swap.

“It is an integrity based thing and an honesty based thing,” said Jodie.

In addition to providing the location, Horticulturalist Paul Allen from Mitre 10 will be at the Crop Swap to provide advice and answer questions from keen gardeners.

There will be a representative from Rocky Point to give advice about their mulch and potting mix products.

Beaudesert Community Crop Swap will be held in the Mitre 10 car park from 7am for table set up and swaps from 7.30am until 8.30am on Sunday 26 March.

Future Crop Swaps will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

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