NO CASH? NO PROBLEM: Jo McKenzie (inset) is the force behind the Highlands Produce Swap which is based on a bartering system.
NO CASH? NO PROBLEM: Jo McKenzie (inset) is the force behind the Highlands Produce Swap which is based on a bartering system. Contributed

Produce swap opens in Emerald

EMERALD has its very own bartering club that promotes gardening and healthy living.

A group of local women has started the Highlands Produce Swap, a simple way for gardeners, homemakers and crafty residents to swap what they have in excess for something they want - without cash ever changing hands.

Adapted from an idea by a Yeppoon woman, Jo McKenzie has worked to first get support for the concept and then spread the word in the local area. Now she is calling for more people to get involved.

"Anything people think can be re-used can be swapped at the meetings," Jo said.

"Everything from fruit, vegetables, herbs, newspapers, seedlings, vines, preserves... anything really."

With a strong following on Facebook in the Highlands Produce Swap group, Jo said the November come-and-try market was successful, but there was potential for more.

"There was a girl running one in Yeppoon and it was flooded with Emerald people, commenting that it was great," Jo said.

"So she said why don't we try one out here.

"We've got 140 people on Facebook, but only a dozen or so people turned up on the day."

The swap meets every third Sunday of the month at Lions Park. The next one is scheduled for Sunday, March 17.

"People get there about 8am and set up the tables for the markets to start about 8.30am," Jo said.

For more information, search for the Highlands Produce Swap group on Facebook, or contact Jo on 0439 769 673.


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