Q: What is a Crop Swap?
If you're sick of squash, trade it for apples! Bring the surplus from your garden and trade it with your neighbors. This is a great way to meet your neighbors, trade recipes and gardening tips.
Q: How do Crop Swaps work?
Each swap is different, but typically the produce is all set out on tables and then everyone walks around and takes what they'd like. It's a friendly atmosphere and folks are polite about how much they take. Some swaps let everyone take one item at a time, but typically it's a friendly free-for-all.
Please only bring organic produce from your garden or other organic handmade food that you've prepared. No conventionally grown or store bought produce please.
- organic fruits, vegetables and herbs
- organic seeds/starters
- homemade jams and fermented foods/drinks
- starts: kefir, kombucha, sourdough
- gardening books and tools
Q: What swaps are happening in the San Francisco East Bay? (Click on the below calendar link for locations.)
- Albany: Tuesdays 6:30 - 6:33pm (No that's not a typo. This is a 3 minute Crop Swap.) Ends September 24, 2013.
- Berkeley: year round, Mondays (6:30-7:30pm) and then Saturdays (10:30am-?). See the calendar for their exact schedule.
- El Sobrante: year round as long as there's interest, Tuesdays, 5-6pm
- North Oakland: year round, 1st Saturday, 11-3pm
- Richmond: Mondays, 5-6pm. Ends early Oct. 2013.
Q: Is there a map or calendar for the East Bay Crop Swaps?
- calendar (lists the months of operation, locations, and the host's contact info)
Q: How do I add my swap to the map and calendar?
The map and calendar are open to editing, so you don't need permission to contribute to the list. If you have any issues, leave a comment here and I'll get back to you.
Q: How do I find a Crop Swap in my area?
Search online for "garden swap" or "crop swap", ask at the library (some library's host), visit the calendar page on your cities website or check out an environmental non-profit in your area who has an events page.
Last updated September 2013.