Now- this is what I have been waiting for! The gardens at my new farm home are starting to outdo themselves. My citrus trees are heavy with ripening oranges. My canner is ever present on the stove, I own an incubator and soon I will have a bee hive.
What does this have to do with bartering you ask? Well let’s talk about it. I have a friend who has an ultrasound machine. She came to confirm pregnancy in my goats. She charges for this service, but every time I offer to pay, she pushes me away and says “Donna, you are my friend, we help each other.” Never fear, this friend will get 5 gallon pails of citrus as soon as the oranges are in peak condition. There will be home canned, organic, dried red beans in quart bottles that she can help herself to. I ordered the dried beans through a co-op to can for my family. But I had to order 25 # in order to get the organic ones. She also gets free gardening advice when she needs it.
Unfortunately, only one of my 3 does are pregnant. My ultrasound friend told me of another buck who is available. When I contacted the owner and asked what the stud fee would be; he answered “So I hear that you are a gardener, I would love some fresh food.” Done and done.
Though my gardens are new, there is more than enough for us right now. It won’t be long until I have lots, and lots to share.
The incubator was purchased to increase my own flock of heritage Rhode Island Reds, but I will gladly share egg space with others for half of the chicks that hatch. I will fill a separate chicken pen with a flock of barnyard mix chickens to have extra eggs.
Steve is asking for a welder, and I would like a Food Saver for Christmas. I will be a nurse soon. We will have so many items and skills to offer as barter. Hooray for bartering!
What items, or skills do you have to barter with?