Moss House Swap & Foraging Tour with Diego Bonetto – 7 May, 2017

This International Permaculture Day, member Margaret Mossakowska kindly re-opened her garden to the Crop Swap community. This large suburban food garden features eleven raised vegetable beds (seven of which are self-watering), large composting bays and worm farms, a chicken forest, native stingless bees, insectary gardens and a habitat pond.
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Pocket City Farms Swap – 8 April, 2017

This month’s swap was all about citrus.  The amount of fruit brought along meant that bags and bags were donated to The Food Pantry who kindly distributed it to those in need.
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Pocket City Farms Swap – 18 March, 2017

At our Pocket City Farms swap this month we offered members free soil testing provided by the wonderful team at Vegesafe.  Home gardeners brought their soil samples along and were able to have them analysed on site for metal and metalloid contaminants.  What a valuable service to ensure that soil is safe for growing edibles in!
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Permaculture Sydney North Swap – 6 March, 2017

Crop Swap Sydney was proud to collaborate with Permculture Sydney North for a special evening swap.  At the mothly meetings Laurie, Crop Swap’s founder, discussed the Crop Swap idea, its evolution, some of the weird and wonderful items that have been exchanged and its involvement with permaculture.

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107 Rooftop Swap & Free Workshops – March 3, 2017

Last Sunday we swapped on the 107 Rooftop, an inspiring rooftop permaculture garden in the middle of Redfern.  Some people walked with their bounty from just up the road, while others travelled from Bexley, Arncliffe, Blacktown, Maroubra, Denstone and Naremburn.

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Lane Cove Family Swap – Feb 25, 2017

For our first Lane Cove swap we partnered with Lane Cove Council for a very special family event. The Living and Learning Centre was a great venue on a rainy Saturday morning and produce was aplenty.  We’re always excited to hear where and how people are growing and on this occasion spoke to swappers from[…]

Pocket City Farms Swap – Feb 11, 2017

Our February swap at Pocket City Farms was set to be a HOT one – with weather forecasts predicting 38 degrees, the farm kindly offered us the use of the air conditioned common room. Despite the heat, a small but dedicated crowd turned up to swap.  We even had growers travel from as far as Wolli creek, North Strathfield and Pyrmont!

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Manly Vale Crop Swap & Native Honey Tasting – Jan 15, 2017

This event signified our first on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and visitors came from far and wide.  One family even travelled from near Hurstville to swap with us! On arrival, their arms brimmed with huge pesticide free zucchinis, flavoursome onions and freshly harvested beetroot.
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Pocket City Farms Swap – Jan 14, 2017

Last weekend we kicked off 2017 with a steamy summers swap at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons.  We swapped in the Pavillion, overlooking the farm that was bursting with tomatoes and were happy to chat to lots of newcomers who dropped by to check it out (rest assured none left with empty hands).  The seed library was suitably rummaged, and there was a huge variety of produce, plants and information exchanged.
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Carlingford Permaculture Crop Swap – Dec 3, 2016

On December 3rd we managed to squeeze one last afternoon swap in before the silly season set in.  Set under a marquee in the beautifully planned garden of a Permaculture Sydney North member, attendees sipped refreshing homemade cordial (made using garden ingredients), tips and recipes were exchanged, and the owner conducted a tour.  The garden buzzed with blue banded bees, new figs were spotted, hot rasperries were eaten straight from the bush and all marveled at the beautiful pomegranates on their way.
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Crop Swap Sydney Turns 1!

On November 19th Crop Swap Sydney turned 1! During our first year hundreds of swaps took place between 2,000+ growers.

We’ve loved hearing stories about how some of our members forged local friendships through this network, and connected over the growing (and eating) of healthy homegrown produce. Thank you to our members for being a part of a small idea that seems to be making a difference, and we welcome any newcomers who are keen to start growing and sharing!
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Cook your Crop: Natalie’s Lemon Myrtle, Honey & Creme Fraiche Caramels

Crop Swap Sydney member Natalie joined us at our Berowra swap on November 5th.  She baked and brought along these delicious lemon myrtle, honey and creme fraiche caramels which went down a treat.  They store well and are just a little bit different. She’s kindly shared her recipe with us below.
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Berowra Crop Swap – Nov 6, 2016

Join us at Club Berowra as we swap on the newly renovated Sky deck.  Meet locals, exchange recipes and chat about growing tips over tea and coffee. This venue is very family friendly with plenty of space and children’s play areas to keep everyone entertained.  A kids menu is also available should you wish to[…]

Pocket City Farms Swap – Nov 5, 2016

We’re excited to announce that our first Inner West crop swap will be held at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons. Come along and swap in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop,[…]

Homegrown Country Produce: Explore the NSW South Coast

If you’re in need of a country escape this Spring, the South Coast of NSW has plenty to offer gardeners seeking inspiration. In just a few hours you’ll be amongst cows, traditional cottage gardens and homegrown produce aplenty.
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Moss House Sustainable Swap – Sept 11, 2016

Last weekend Moss House opened to the public for Sustainable House Day, and served as the venue for our first swap of the  season.  This property is a great example of a working permaculture garden on a suburban scale, and was an inspiration for many members who were able to see elements of sustainable permaculture food garden design in action.
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The Lowdown – Crop Swap Sydney’s Inaugural Meet

On Saturday March 19th a group of 40 Sydney crop swappers met for the first time at Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park.

People came from far and wide armed with bundles, bags, boxes and baskets of produce.  The best part was that it was all local, homegrown, homemade and delicious. The only problem was that there was too much!  (Rest assured all left overs were either given away or composted.)
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