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Posted November 16th, 2012 - 7:30 pm from Seattle, United States
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Posted November 16th, 2012 - 10:27 pm from Tacoma, United States
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Posted November 16th, 2012 - 10:53 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 1:14 am by from Daylesford, Australia (Permalink)
well, most people i know, here in lovely, rural daylesford, have their own food growing in their gardens or on their farms.
there is a lively exchange, all year round, surplus sharing. at the moment i have plenty of silver beet, spinach, mayoram and flowering thyme. margaret's asparagus crowns are producing generously, rosies lemon tree is overladen with fruit, maree has plenty of broccoli and margot's hothouse is full of her first lettuces.
additionally, all our chickens have resumed laying, after having a rest during winter, eggs galore. the lambs are getting to harvesting stage, strawberries are starting to ripen and out in the meadows there is sorrel, watercress, dandelion and the elderberry bushes are in full bloom.

everyone has surplus veg and flower seedlings, they are being swapped, over the garden fences and everywhere.

as if that wasn't enough, we have several community gardens without fences. there we meet, once a month, to pull the weeds, add more plants and bring in our personal surplus, to trade. fruit and nut trees, as well as berry bushes are planted along the lanes and around public parks and buildings.
several older women, and i am one of them, are present at these occasions, teaching and explaining the benefits and uses of herbs and veg many people don't know. (for example: did you know that a sprig of parsley keeps your goldfish healthy, if inserted in the water, for a day, once a month?)
everyone is invited to harvest. there is no evidence of greed or vandalism, people just take what they need, that day, and leave plenty for others.

so, dear david, if you run out of fresh tucker, up there in sydders, hop in the car with cindy and come stay with your roo. i'll feed you up, in no time.
after you've slaved in my vegie patch, goes without saying.

:>)

Posted November 17th, 2012 - 11:01 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 12:29 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Virginia,what a wonderful community you live in. I like the idea of neighbors swapping their surpluses. I have always enjoyed reading your writing. All those healthy veggies ripe for the taking sounds like heaven on earth to me now.

Judy

Posted November 17th, 2012 - 8:25 pm from Seattle, United States
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 9:34 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 17th, 2012 - 10:13 pm from Tacoma, United States
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