Bartering for Gardeners or Allotment Owners
How would Favabank be used by Gardeners or Allotmenteers?
When to plant, how to nurture your crop, how to tackle the weeds and the pests? There are so many aspects to managing your garden or allotment where there is much to gain from sharing practical help and advice, as well as just mucking in and helping one another.
Advice, help and mentoring
Perhaps you need some simple advice about dealing with the slugs intent on destroying your baby lettuce plants, or perhaps you need some more specialised help when setting up your chicken coop for the first time. Favabank is a way of connecting those who need help with those who are willing and able to give it.
Asking others to muck in
Sometimes there's some hard physical work to do in the garden, perhaps some digging, perhaps some heavy lifting. You may wish to use Favabank to fund a helpful volunteer.
Passing on your produce
Favabank is all about encouraging community spirit so what better way to connect to your community than by sharing in the rewards of your labour by using Favabank to pass on the fruit, vegetables or eggs that your endeavours have produced?
If enough growers in your community become Favabank members, we could create a self sustaining food economy, passing on your excess supply of cabbages in return for a variety of fruit, veg, eggs, jams and pickles that you can make good use of.
Exchanging plant cuttings and seed swaps
In addition to using Favabank for exchanging produce, it could also be used to pass around plant cuttings and seeds, helping you to fill your plot with new varieties and of course giving you access to help and advice in the best means of propagation.
Access to Tools
There are some gardening tools which are used regularly and it makes good sense to own. There are other tools, perhaps more expensive ones, which have a specialised job to do and are used very infrequently. Why not use Favabank to borrow and lend those specialised tools?
Trips to the dump
We don't all have transport and the means to cart off garden waste to the dump. Next time you're off to the dump, perhaps you could offer to take a couple more bags for a neighbour in return for a Fava? It's all about developing a greater sense of community...
Sharing access to land
The successful Landshare project launched by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (see www.landshare.net) has proved that people are willing to share things, in this case it is giving access to land by those who have land to share, to those who want to make good use of it. Favabank may also be used as a way of sharing access to land for the same purposes.
Passing on tools, equipment and products
Perhaps you've hung up your gardening hat and have a wealth of tools and equipment laying idle. Why not pass them on via Favabank to someone who could make good use of them? You may have bought a product for a job you had to do, and now there is half filled tin in your shed taking up valuable shelf space - how about passing it on?
Just for saying 'Thank You'...
Perhaps someone has been kind enough to offer their help and support in your garden or allotment, Favabank can be used as a simple way of recognising that help and saying 'thanks' by offering them transfer of a few Favas from your account to theirs...
A note on loaning tools and equipment
Some of the above examples involve the borrowing of potentially expensive equipment. We advise caution when loaning anything of value so please ensure that you are happy with the arrangement, asking for some kind of collateral if necessary. Insurance companies are introducing products to provide appropriate cover for the growing 'sharing economy', Favabank plans to be in a position to offer insurance to members in due course.
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Here we will begin to present some of the ways that Favabank might be used according to specific areas of interest or functions within society:
We will soon be adding more use cases here to reflect the ways that Favabank can be used for all kinds of purposes.
See Suggestions for a list of general everyday uses of Favabank.