Pedaling for a new economy

What’s better than an economy with no money and transportation that’s (fossil) free?
Maybe just love, food, and camping out.

This past weekend,  hOUR Economy members pedaled from Staunton to Harrisonburg, completing a four day bicycle tour, farm party, campout extravaganza.

IMG_8160Beginning at Geezer Farm, we rounded up some talkative hens and spread some compost over new beds in the greenhouse. Day two, we peddled to Holly Parker and Marc Armstrong’s permaculture homestead, where we helped complete their outdoor kitchen (which also doubles as a future community canning facility and the site for their upcoming wedding).

On Saturday, we were off to Sue McKown’s to harvest vegetables and elderberries, to weed, and to assist with future garden bed prep. Our final stop was Willow Run Farm in Harrisonburg, where we harvested over 400 squash, which will make its way to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

The alternative economy fueled the full weekend, and no money exchanged hands, for either farm labor or food.  We’ll still not sure who got the better end of the bargain — the farmers whose fields were worked, or the pedalers whose stomachs were filled. But perhaps that is the magic of the gift economy. 

Many thanks for all who participated, for making such a wonderful and successful trip!

UIMG_7990pcoming September Workparty & Potluck at VSDB Urban Farm

Say goodbye to summer, play in the dirt, and snack with friends this Tuesday

September marks the last month for community workdays at the VSDB Urban Farm in Staunton, so we couldn’t help but have one last hOUR Economy workparty and potluck with them for the season. The workparty will begin at 4:00, and the potluck at 6:00. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder: New Software NEXT WEEK!

After Tuesday’s potluck and workparty at VSDB, a few behind-the-scenes hOUR Economy volunteers will be working to upgrade the hOUR Economy software.  The timebank will be temporarily offline Tuesday night while we make the upgrades, but should be back online Wednesday morning for all to use — with WAY more friendly software and usability.  We can’t wait to share it with you; hang tight while we make some changes!


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