Barter News March 2011
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Brooklyn swappers exchange gourmet food
by Ihaab Syed
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|In New York City, good food isn’t cheap. Restaurant meals, groceries, even your meal plan can break the bank. But some Brooklyn entrepreneurs have found a way to get gourmet goods for free.
Urban farmer and instructor Meg Paska and writer Kate Payne are part of a large network of foodies, the BK Swappers, who enjoy doing their own pickling, canning and baking from home. Unlike a potluck, in which each participant contributes a dish to a smorgasbord from which all attendees feast, the point of a food swap is for an individual to exchange his or her homemade wares for someone else’s. For example, someone could offer a jar of apple butter for a loaf of pumpkin bread. The food that is swapped is typically gourmet. …
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Dr. John House swaps handmade goods for medical services
by Lisa Hutson
|Dr. John House is a name shared with a hit television show depicting a bitter but gifted doctor and his practice.
However, Doctor John House of House Medical Clinic could not be further from that character, caring for the patients of Bono, regardless of their financial position.
“They don’t qualify for any assistance but they know how to do stuff. Maybe they raise a garden or maybe they raise chickens or they know how to build things so I thought, “Why not let them trade that stuff for what I do?” said House.
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Will Teach for Goods: An Experiment in Bartering
by Brigid Bergin
|Last month a Trade School popped up on the Lower East Side offering classes on subjects like composting, portraiture, and one class titled “Demystifying Caviar.” The subjects are not the only thing that’s different about this school. There is also no tuition. That’s where the “trade” part comes in.
Trade School barters, rather than charging a fee for classes. Teachers post what they want on a Web site and students agree to bring those items when they register for a class.
For 35 days, more than 800 people crammed into a narrow storefront on the Lower East Side for classes at Trade School. The temporary space was more like a glorified hallway with a chalkboard on one side, coat hangers on the other, and modified buckets that were turned into tiny benches. Here, people traded skills and knowledge, but money never changed hands…
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How Bartering Works
by Jane McGrath
|Remember back in school when kids would swap juice boxes for chips, or cookies for Twinkies? Even children have an innate sense that the comparable value of cookies to Twinkies is in the eye of the beholder. To the kid who gets cookies every day, the elusive cream-filled cake treat is worth more than a few, and he realizes his friend might feel differently.
Trading goods and services without the use of money is called bartering.
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