In most of the communities where I've lived in the past few years I've found that many people are open to bartering and trading for services, food, clothes-whatever people are in need of. In Washington, I even attended the well-known Okanogan Barter Faire, a multi-day festival devoted to the idea of sharing and trading goods. This system is truly alive here on Waiheke Island. Perhaps it is left over from Waiheke's counter-culture days or perhaps island lifestyle still necessitates it, but whatever the reason, it's great fun to give what we have in excess and get what we need in return with no money exchange.
My most recent "trade" has been with our neighbor and her horse. Though he's just one horse, he produces way more manure than his owner knows what to do with. On the other hand, because our land is solid clay and we collect any sort of organic material we can get our hands on, we fully encourage Spider to poop as much as he wants. We come and collect heaps of poo to add to our compost and Spider the horse gets a clean paddock. (Luckily, all of the wwoofers have been willing to help me with this job.)
|Riding English style|
|Flat Stanley has been staying with me for a few days now and was very excited to meet Spider.|
|Almost looks tropical....|