We support alternative forms of exchange, such as trade. For those who prefer to by-pass working for money to then pay for goods and services, this is an opportunity to obtain our services and instruction without financial stress.
Barter helps people exchange their surplus of something for other things they need or want. It's an invitation to support a family's needs and ideals without the potentially stressful intermediary of money. It begins as simply as: "What can I offer you? and what would you like to give me?"
"Ideas of 'making money or 'getting rich' have given people a perverted view of economic principles. The object of economic effort is not money, but livelihood. Money cannot feed, clothe or shelter. Money is a medium of exchange,--a means of securing the items that make up livelihood. Really, it is the necessaries and decencies which are important, not the money which may be be exchanged for them."
~ Helen and Scott Nearing ~ Pioneer homesteaders who moved to rural Vermont in 1932. The 'real goods' of maple syrup and firewood was a major part of their material livelihood.
Volunteering is a form of barter when volunteers learn a trade or skill and get to feel the reward of completing a project. These folks helped build a fence from beginning to end: harvesting the posts, stretching the wire, then custom-building and installing the gates.
Example of a material trade: homemade chocolates for homemade Kimchi
Our Wish List
Here is where I maintain a list of the goods and services that my family and I are happy and willing to accept in exchange for the services of Raven Ridge Farmscapes as well as for your participation in one of our classes. Keep in mind, this list is a suggestion of barter-able things that have value to my family. I suggest you keep one, too. Please send a personal message to Geoffrey to initiate a potential trade.
Push mower with engage drive
Unused vinyl-clad (double-pane) windows
Garden starts and tree seedlings
Furniture like small dressers
Uncut hardwood logs or split firewood
Chop saw (miter saw)
Stihl String trimmer, FS90 or bigger
Small Cabinets & small furniture
Handicraft & Artisan food items
Kids Stuff like tasteful books & toys, puzzles, games & natural clothes (three girls ages 7, 3 and 12 months)
Work-Exchange ~ (inquire)
Barter-able items we have:
Newborn baby clothes
House plant starts
Large side-by-side refrigerator
Serpa holster fits G. 17,19,21
In season: blueberries, vegetables,
fruit and nut trees
3-gallon size pots
5-V corrugated metal, 8' sections
Skill sharing: one-on-one instruction in:
* Farm layout
* Fruit tree culture & grafting
* chainsaw operation and safe tree-felling
* How to write a business plan/farm production plan
Maple Syrup used to be as good as money in early New England. It was such a boon to farmers because syrup production came at a slow time of year and was so readily tradable for other staples like wheat & coffee, even luxuries like citrus and olive oil.