Neighborhood Green Swap Stencil System to Promote Food Sharing

by Lindsay Kinkade

The Neighborhood Green Swap barter system uses recycled furniture to help neighbors meet one another, share plants, and share their bountiful harvests.

Green Swap furniture can be made by any community group to exchange plants for the yard or garden and to exchange bountiful harvests. This system can be part of a neighborhood response to lack of healthy food sources. Neighbors can share their vegetables as they become ripe. Don’t the zucchinis always overwhelm? Who can eat so many tomatoes at once? By making a place to trade and share, the Green Swap makes healthy food more accessible to everyone.


The project stands out on the street. The inside is now outside, creating a more intimate space on the sidewalk. The green swap barter point also uses color to stand out in the concrete urban environment. The foundation of the first piece of furniture is bright lime green with bright orange stenciled onto it, but the system is open to interpretation by the people who create it.


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The tool kit used to make the project includes stencils of flowers and type. Anyone can use these tools and hardware store-bought paint to transform a piece of curbside furniture into a point of neighborhood transaction. The set of posters can also be used by neighborhood or gardening groups to advertise their Green Swap events. I hope to make these tools available online for free. 


Lindsay would like very much to collaborate with you on the implementation of a Green Swap project for your group. If you are interested in doing a Green Swap project or workshop, please contact Lindsay at