Since its official start of Parkdale People’s Economy project, this blog has somehow focused on the CLT initiative and various activities undertaken by Parkdale Food Network.
The other strand of the PPE key activities is building alternative medium of exchange (such as alternative/local currencies). This initiative is led by the West End Food Co-op. Local currencies gives a platform for wealth accumulation among community members and businesses at the local level while enhacing stronger economic self-sufficiency.
Currently, at Sorauren Farmer’s market, WEFC is using wood nicckes (below )as market currency.
At the market information booth, shoppers can buy coins that can be used with vendors at the farmers’ market. These coins can be also used at the co-op store and for WEFC’s canning workshops.
More updates about Co-op cred and PARC cred programs are coming soon!