In the Dargle we have been talking about introducing our own Dargle Dollar for many years, to keep our money circulating in the valley. We began with vouchers that could be exchanged at the market and a few local vendors. There were a few drawbacks to this system – mostly administrative – which meant it hasn’t really got off the ground.
One initiative that has flown really quickly is our Dargle Trade.
On the third Thursday of each month, we gather on the veranda of il Postino with bags and boxes crammed with excess produce from our gardens and kitchen (and some craft, clothes, books too) and share with neighbours and friends. This has become a lovely social occasion as we barter for cappuccino too and catch up on local gossip. Interestingly, it always feels like you go home with more than you brought! Read about all the Midlands Barter Markets, or follow on Facebook or Instagram.