Although we don't do as much bartering as I wish we could, we did manage to do a little bit of it this year.
- We've bartered milk for fish, goat feed and a bale of hay.
- We gave whey and got fresh salad greens.
- We swapped home-canned pears for home-canned figs.
- We got seeds and gave butternut squash & eggplant.
- We exchanged eggs for cucumbers.
- We traded zucchini for tomatoes.
So you may be nonchalantly bartering and not even know it. Now imagine how many more opportunities you could have if you actively looked for bartering opportunities! You don't have to have a farm, produce and dairy products to swap in order to barter for stuff. I have a lady that comes for my goat milk once a week and she just mentioned that she had a lot of dental work to be done. Her husband is a carpenter and when they were both in the dentist office, he noticed they were doing some remodeling. After talking with the dentist, they are going to work out a trade; the dentist will do x amount of dental work for x hours of carpentry work.
Get out there and network with your existing friends! They may not have what you're looking for, but I'm assuming your friends have friends (unless they are hermits like Paul dreams of being) and all it takes is a casual conversation for that "something" that you need to be paired with that "something" you have.
Although I don't utilize it as often as I probably should, there is always Cragislist, your local online paper and FreeCycle to check out and use as a way to advertise what items you have available for barter.
Sooooo......I've got this gawd-awful-stinky buck goat. Anybody want to trade me something....ANYthing for him????