Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Got a Garden? Try Crop Swapping

A couple of days ago I got a connect request from a local woman named Christina Blankenship on Linkedin. She explained that she recently helped her husband with the branding and launch of his new website, which helps people exchange the excess harvest from their gardens.

The site, called Crop Swapper, is fascinating. You send them your name, your location in San Diego, and the kinds of crops you have. They'll, in turn, tell you the two locations where they'll be setting up, along with the date and time. You show up with your fruits, veggies, flowers, herbs, or what have you and then be prepared to take other crops home to your table.

So far this month, among the items swapped have been sunflowers, carrots, lemons, mint, Japanese cucumbers, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, Serrano chiles, and gourdseed corn.

Currently, the calendar shows two weekly meeting spots: Del Cerro Park on Del Cerro Blvd. near SDSU on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Canyonside Park on Black Mountain Road (between the 56 and the 15) on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

On the site you'll also find gardening tips and some inspirational quotes. I think this is a great idea and hope you'll check it out.

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