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Bay Area among U.S. leaders in crop swaps, as farmers barter over backyard bounties
September 04, 2011|Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer
- Julie Brand holds a zucchini as her neighbors exchange vegetables at the San Anselmo Garden Exchange, which also has eggs.Credit: Photos by Lance Iversen / The Chronicle
An American subculture is trying to fend off the apocalypse, one heirloom tomato at a time.
Crop swaps – meets where people trade their backyard bounty – are sprouting up all over the nation, but especially in the Bay Area.
The seeds were planted decades ago: I’ll trade you a few of my Meyer lemons for a couple of your golden zucchini. Then, with the advent of the grocery store, consumers were more likely to buy just what they needed. But in these times of economic crisis, bartering for food is making a comeback.
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