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Barter Basket

Barter Baskets

In August 2012 I'd wanted to get a case of tomatoes to make sauce so I went to visit Annie Moss who owns an organic foods distribution company. While there I noticed heaps of baling straps. These single-use straps are found around nearly every box shipped across the globe. Binding box to box, paper to paper, and everything to pallets. Even though Annie intends to recycle them the waste factor irked me to no end. I gave myself the task of figuring out how to reuse or upcycle them. After countless youtube videos and cut up fingers I managed to make a basket using a basic weaving technique common around the world. I brought my basket to Annie and made her a proposition – with her trash I would make her a basket each week, and she would let me have as much ‘seconds’ as I want. Seconds, in their terms, mean fruits and vegetables that are a little too old or misshapen to resell to stores. Annie agreed. I get so much food that I play vegetable Santa for several friends and families on a regular basis. Annie gives the baskets to the workers and her favorite farmers and vendors.

Annie was the start of my experiment with bartering, leading to others. Many baskets later, still not a cent has changed hands. If you'd like to learn how to make these baskets, downloadable instructions are available here.

 

 
[ 1 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 2 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
Barter Baskets [ 3 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
Barter Baskets Barter Baskets [ 4 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
Barter Baskets Barter Baskets [ 5 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
Barter Baskets Barter Baskets [ 6 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
Barter Baskets Barter Baskets [ 7 ] ja and kunakar (pharmasave on the drive) / in exchange for $50 worth of products from the store
Barter Baskets Barter Baskets [ 8 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
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[ 10 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 11 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
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[ 14 ] carrie / in exchange for cake
[ 15 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 16 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 17 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 18 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 19 ] cindy schultter / in exchange for jam
Barter Baskets Barter Baskets [20 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
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Barter Baskets [ 23 ] cindy schultter / in exchange for jam
[ 24 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 25 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 26 ] tara pelletier (meowmeowtweet) / in exchange for candles, lotion, etc.
  [ 27 ] clint van gemert (headhoods) / in exchange for tailored made vest - modeled by mom
[ 28 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
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[ 39 ] kali / in exchange for gift certificate
[ 40 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
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Barter Baskets Barter Baskets [ 44 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
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[ 48 ] malika montague / in exchange for sewing
[ 49 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 50 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 51 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 52 ] janice wu / in exchange for drawings for Eating in Public educational media
[ 53 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 54 ] ash tanasiychuk / in exchange for photo documentation
[ 55 ] kate lingley / in exchange for translation for Eating in Public educational media
barter baskets [ 56 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 57 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
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[ 59 ] valerie vanee / basket making lesson in exchange for pie
[ 60 ] annie moss (discovery organics)
[ 61 ] heidi ho / leftover straps from performance in exchange for fabric from four broken umbrellas
[ 62 ] annie moss (discovery organics)

 

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