The Barter Experiment is two years old now!  Hosted by The Human Path, this event is a part of the urban sustainability program.

This is a chance to share home-grown foods, eggs, animals, or sustainable items with others.  (see below for full details)

Sunday November 8th is our final fall barter/trade community event.  The barter will be held at 602 W. French Place, in central San Antonio, at the site of our urban herbal clinic as an urban experiment.   Its pretty simple.  Bring something you have grown/canned/preserved/sewn/re-purposed/dehydrated/brewed, etc. that has to do with sustainability and trade with others.

This is a gentle reminder to please leave money out of your trades. Aside from bringing items that are related to sustainability, it is the barter’s only rule. 

The intention is to build community ties and also to re-introduce bartering as a survival skill/negotiation tool.  Our society is so dependent on money that we can’t figure out the worth of something without first calculating monetary cost into it.

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**Here is the link for listing and viewing the items being brought to the November barter! Please list your items in the comments section and we will update the page up until the day before the barter!

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Please RSVP here!

We are also extending the time of the barter so that it runs 2 – 4:00 pm.   Trading will now begin at 2:45 pm to allow time at the end for a casual coffee/tea social for a few minutes before heading home…

Below are the usual details of the barter for those who are new to it!

Please bring a pop-up or canopy if you would like shade.

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Community is an important part of The Human Path school.  In the spring of 2013, we were inspired by an article about trade and barter, and since this is something we teach in our urban courses, decided it was time to set up a regular event. It has been steadily growing both in size and in the great sustainable items that people are bringing and has become very successful!

Once a month, the school hosts a barter and trade event. Traders set up tables and people can bring items they have an abundance of and want to share. This is a barter and trade exercise, not a potluck.

Here are some ideas: fruits or vegetables you have canned, homemade soaps or breads, meat jerky, fresh herbs to trade, eggs from your backyard hens and ducks, meat you’ve hunted, seedlings or plants you have too many of, produce from your garden, home-brewed ales or kombuchas, even bags of good compost, or other items of trade. (It does not have to be food) As the growing season progresses, it would be kind of fun to even trade cases of local peaches, figs or other produce and do afternoon canning at the school.

Here are the general guidelines of the barter and swap event:

If it is prepared food:  make sure that it is labeled in some way so that everyone knows all the ingredients in case there are food allergies

We recommend that you bring a table or blanket if you have one. Camp chairs are also a good idea so that you won’t have to stand too long.

Make sure whatever you are trading is very fresh and wrapped well to prevent spoilage if the weather is warm.

Bring bags or baskets to take your trade items home in and a cooler if you are trading for meats, cheeses or dairy.

Chickens, ducks and small livestock are acceptable to trade but we remind everything that dogs are NOT permitted at this event.

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We will list all the items for trade online at this link here so that we don’t end up with 50 dozen eggs but no vegetables.  Make sure when you RSVP that you put the items you are bringing in the ‘comments’ for this list and I will add them.

Animals for trade (ie: Chicks, goats or little pigs) are also ok, provided they are listed below and there is interest. This will prevent them from being transported needlessly and being stressed by travel, strange surroundings.  They will need to have a carrier to be in during the trade. Please list the animals and its recommended to only bring them if you have a confirmed barter with someone to minimize their stress in the heat.

Since this is a barter and swap event, no cash.

Samples: it is a good idea to have samples of your homemade jerky or bread or preserves, if you’re trying to make a trade and someone is uncertain because they’ve never tried whatever it is you have.

This is the second time we are holding the barter in an urban area.  Please leave ammo and firearms at home.  Other hand-crafted items are also encouraged. Wood-working, rabbit hutches, sewing linens and other home-made items are excellent.

Just a gentle guide: the items people bring to barter and swap should be sustainable-minded.  For example, fresh eggs from your backyard – good.  Jams you made – good.  Homemade breads  or soaps – very good.  Stuff you’re trying to clean out of your garage that’s been sitting there for 3 years — not so good.

This is a community event, and is open to people who are interested in the barter and trade concept. You don’t need to be taking classes at the school to attend!