New crop swap group set up to help Stratford gardeners share their bounty
A Stratford group is joining the Taranaki network of monthly crop swaps, with the first gathering on Saturday.
The Stratford crop swap is one of six groups in communities around the mountain that meet regularly to exchange produce and other home grown goodies. The scheme was started by New Plymouth's Franziska Von Hunerbein in 2013 at Merrilands, and other groups had started in Okato, Urenui, Waitoriki and Hawera.
"A crop swap is where urban farmers and gardeners get together and share their excess produce," Stratford group organiser Laura Bennett said.
She and several others from Central Taranaki have been travelling to swap goods at Hawera and Waitoriki, near Inglewood. The four women, all keen on gardening, had got together and decided to set up a swap closer to home.
"The idea behind it is you do it with your own community. It is open to everybody who wants to come along with something to swap."
As well as fresh fruit and vegetables, people could take along seedlings, preserves, home cooking and other products that were related to food and gardening, she said.
"I was surprised at what people brought. I got some jars at one crop swap for preserving and some bottled worm wee, which is gold, as we don't have a worm farm.
"I also found it quite inspiring. Once you look around, you realise you do have something in your garden you can swap."
The event begins at 10am when people arrive and set out their contributors on tables, then at 10.30am the swapping begins and everyone can take away a similar amount to what they came with.
The Stratford crop swap will be held this Saturday from 10am and thereafter on the third Saturday of each month at the Stratford A and P Show hall on Flint Rd. Anyone can bring goods and produce to exchange and entry is a $2 donation per family to cover hall hire. For more information check out the Taranaki Crop Swap page on Facebook.