GrowLocal – Bartering your food
The GrowLocal site is a national online tool that connects people who grow their own food and wish swap surplus within a given radius. The site also serves as an information base with an established forum.
Started in 2007 by Lincoln Smith, the objective of the site is to encourage the localisation of food through the power of co-operation with a strong political message to go â€˜beyond the structures of a market orientated world view, to question the connection between rampant consumerism and self interest, and to the establish new social relations not based on traditional economic forces. Participants are asked to register free online and to provide their postcodes and select the radius for where they would like to exchange goods (5, 10, 25 or more kilometres).
For more information about GrowLocal visit http://www.growlocal.net.au/.
This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.