A fruitful find on Instagram led a Launceston woman to set up a grassroots produce swapping service in Tasmania.
Louise Mundey, of Invermay, was sharing photos from her garden online when she came across the Crop Swap Sydney Instagram account.
She started chatting with the woman who started the movement, Laurie Green, was inspired by the idea and so they decided to set up Crop Swap Launceston.
“Together we set it up on Friday [April 21] and I’ve been adding members ever since,” Ms Mundey said.
“We set up groups in North-West Tasmania and Hobart on Monday and now we’ve got over 60 members in all three groups,” she said.
Ms Mundey set up the groups because she had not found anything similar in Tasmania and the quick take up shows she has tapped into a community keen to use produce to barter.
“I’m between crops right now, but so far I’ve swapped sourdough starter for eggs,” Ms Mundey said.
“Members are swapping apples, worms and rose cuttings.
“It's a place where people who home garden and have an excess can exchange and barter their excess for something else they need such as seeds, cuttings, produce, pots etc. If you have anything excess you can put it up, or ask for what you need,” she said.
The Crop Swap Launceston Facebook group shows an active community swapping produce like chestnuts, fabric, chickens, seeds, apples, yoghurt and ricotta cheese.
“Meet your neighbours, swap excess produce and fairly barter with other like-minded people for fresh, local and delicious food,” the Crop Swap Launceston Facebook page said.
Crop Swap Sydney runs swapping events, and Ms Mundey said she hoped the Tasmanian groups would follow the same path.
“So far people can join via the Facebook group but I’d like something similar to Sydney like a market where you take what you have a swap with people,” Ms Mundey said.
“They run successfully in Sydney and Melbourne. I’d love that to happen here.
“I’d also like us to get together and help each other with gardening problems as well. I’m really excited about it,” she said.
Crop Swap Sydney calls itself a cashless market that build local communities, reduces food waste and helps people eat better for less.
The Sydney arm was established in 2015 and facilitates produce swap meets throughout the city.
Join Crop Swap Launceston’s Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/CropSwapLaunceston