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New Website Makes it Easier to Eat Your Vegetables

New Website Makes it Easier to Eat Your Vegetables

With an organic garden at the White House, and the “grow your own” concept spreading far and wide across the country this past year, many people attempted to offset rising food costs and industrialized agriculture with their own backyard gardens.

Many were pleasantly surprised by the success of their crops, but after you’ve eaten 20 pounds of zucchini and your garden shows no signs of stopping, what are you to do with the excess?

VeggieTrader.com is a brand new website that was created to help people share and sell their excess garden crops to their local friends and neighbors. Based on the belief that “a bonanza of fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs and more are found right in your own backyard—and your neighbors’ yard too,” the site will act as a sort of edible Craig’s List, helping people list what they have and what they’re looking for to facilitate swapping.

The site is free to join and use, and it is well constructed with an easy to use search and listing function that makes sharing your bounty fun. Depending on your region of the country and the season, there may not be much listed yet, but as the site is very new, all that’s needed to change that is for you to join!

New site members should be sure to browse the FAQ section, which addresses some unique topics of interest, like licenses, taxes, quarantine zones, pesticides and prohibited items.

Stop letting those yummy homegrown fruits and veggies become compost before their time! Check out VeggieTrader.com today.

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12:56AM PDT on Sep 29, 2009

We don't have food banks here in the UK, which is a pity since unemployment is running at a real high. In our town, there was a community centre, that served a cheap, nutritious community lunch every day, but it burned down last week.
I am lucky in that I have a large garden and I grow some fruit and vegetables. I also have a neighbour that I do swaps with. A few days ago, I left a bag of organic pears on his doorstep and yesterday I found a bag of runner beans and mange-tout by my door. In our little corner, we swap surplus and it all helps.
Freecycle has reached us from the USA and I've had plants and gardening equipment from other Freecyclers. A great organisation that saves stuff from landfill.

10:03PM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

Thank you Beth B.

7:30PM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

cool but i beat its not active here in australia
I will go look

2:28PM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

That's a really good idea..

1:13PM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

Anna: I stand corrected.

12:23PM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

Beth B. If you Google, "White House organic garden contaminated," you will find plenty of information. This is an example:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2013410/white_house_garden_contaminated_by.html

And I quote:

"The story becomes more interesting when you discover that the reason the lead levels are higher than normal on the White House lawn can be traced back to the presidency of William Clinton. During the time the Clinton family lived in the White House, sludge-based products were used to fertilize the lawn."

9:33AM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

I must add my voice in support of donating excess produce from our gardens to food banks. Fresh produce is the most expensive component of a healthy diet. As a result, those on low incomes find it a rare luxury. If you see the new documentary, Food, Inc., you will meet a family who illustrates this quandry; it costs less to feed their family of 4 at a fast food restaurant then it does to purchase a meal that includes fresh produce at a supermarket. Please help those who are less fortunate to have access to these important, health supporting foods by giving to food banks and soup kitchens.

8:52AM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

Unfortunately, the White House garden is not organic. Some years ago the soil was treated with reclaimed sewage for fertilizer. It is estimated that it will take 100 years or more before the toxic elements from the sewage sink to levels in the soil that will not affect food plants.

7:42AM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

Excellent idea, just wish someone in Canada would start a similar site.

7:25AM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

Anna S. - I'd be interested to know where you read that. Also, the Clinton's are no longer in office... perhaps you should proof your comments before submitting.

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