The swap cart is honestly making a comeback

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The popular shopping cart is back on the scene.

The box swap cart is back!
The box swap cart is back!

Local arts organization Deveron Projects has operated a barter cart for the past three years, which has become a major downtown focal point.

Since 2020, the cart has been used to share bread from the Honesty Bakehouse, swap houseplants and cuttings, swap tomatoes, potatoes, flowers, peaches—and more.

After maintenance and painting by local artist Darren Farquhar, the cart was reintroduced as part of artist Kawthar Louay’s The Gathering Table project.

The organization hopes to encourage people to use the cart, which is part of the Town Collection of more than 100 artworks around Huntly, to barter, trade and exchange excess produce and homemade items.

Zuzana Frentova, who looks after the organisation’s Town Collection, said: “One of our focus here at Deveron Projects is thinking about food.

And the growing, the cooking, the eating, and the sharing that this entails.

“The Honesty Cart is an experiment in honesty and cashless exchange, allowing us to think about what true ‘common wealth’ might look like.

“We hope the cart will continue to be used by Huntly residents to offer, share and exchange their products, and to build on the mutual support the city has such an amazing track record.”

For the rest of the Kawther Luay project, The Honesty Cart will also be stocked with handcrafted artist products, including vinegars, salts, and sauces made from locally foraged ingredients.

To use the cart, put your items in one of the compartments, with an expiration date for your perishable items, and help yourself to whatever is already in there.

The Honesty Cart is unmanned and available for use 24/7.

Click here for more information on the honesty cart.

Click here to read more about Kawthar Louay’s The Gathering Table project, including upcoming events.

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