Gardeners have a New Way to Come Together and Support Sustainable Living Just in Time for the Summer Harvest

Share Article is a new online platform allowing gardeners within a community to come together to share and trade the bounty of their gardens with others nearby. Home gardeners can now play an important role in support of sustainable living by expanding local food sources in their communities.

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My hope is that will change the way people think about gardening and edible landscaping as it relates to sustainable living.

There is a lot of talk about sustainable living and creating sustainable local food sources. While this is an important goal for communities the question is what concrete steps can be taken to move a community toward this goal? is a new website that allows home gardeners or anyone with a fruit tree, to trade their extra produce with others living nearby. It is an online platform that can be used in any community to support sustainable living.

The website was developed by Lori Barudoni, a mom from Folsom, California. The idea came to her last year when she was inspired by her little lime tree that gave her more limes than she knew what to do with.

The site is fun, whimsical and a powerful tool for home gardeners with an abundance of produce. Unused fruit that has fallen to the ground year after year can now be picked from the tree and traded for a variety of produce. Because the website is based on zip codes it makes it easy for gardeners or those with fruit trees to find each other. Gardeners can list the produce that they have available to trade and even include a bright yellow happy face if the produce was grown organically. Gardeners can search for produce by zip code, and may also enter a produce item that is not currently available at the website on a "wish list" and receive notification when it becomes available.

Gardeners trade their produce on a point system. The advantage of the point system is that gardeners do not have to redeem their points right away. A gardener can harvest and share tomatoes with other members in August, and use those points to pick up limes from a member in October.

The site is designed to spread quickly within a community. All that is needed is a few gardeners in a community to decide that they want to use the website platform to increase food sustainability in their neighborhoods. On the website those members can send an invitation to 4 friends at once, asking them to join them in trading. If each person who joins has two or three friends near them join, the trading group in that area expands rapidly.

"My hope is that will change the way people think about gardening and edible landscaping as it relates to sustainable living," says Barudoni. Just think if during this harvest season everyone with a fruit tree or a garden traded their abundance for what they needed with everyone in their zip code, what a difference it would make to the planet as well as the community. The planet would benefit from reducing the amount of resources that go into food being transported so far from the source. Communities would benefit with an increase in the availability of fresh and organic food, decreased grocery bills for families, and as a bonus individuals would be helping the environment by lowering their carbon footprint.

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