We are big fans of community food swaps. Once a month we gather at the local park to share our excess produce and plants. No money changes hands just smiles and plenty of invaluable local gardening knowledge. We have met so many lovely gardeners this way. Most people are very generous with their knowledge and keen to hear how the plants they swap with you fair in your garden. We also learn about new ways to preserve and use our produce.
When people ask how we ended up with so many unusual plants, particularly the easy to propagate edible perennials which nurseries are less likely to sell, the answer is often from wonderful experienced (and generous!) gardeners sharing at the local swaps.
https://www.facebook.com/mtcrosbyfoodswap/ Thanks Ellice Hawkey for managing this wonderful community service.