"As a newcomer to Montpelier, Onion River Exchange was a great way to become involved in local activities and meet new people, and I picked up new skills that were completely unfamiliar to me before joining. I attended woodcarving classes through ORE for six months, I learned how to double-knit while knitting mittens in an exchange, and I received a loaf of delicious, homemade sourdough bread each week. I saw an herbalist at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, and I helped a friend dust and polish her furniture once a month. I’m always looking to support my local community in any way possible, and to me, ORE seemed like a clear way to do so. By fostering local connections, and escaping the capitalistic, materialistic mindset that so often places value in money above all else, ORE strengthens and builds our community each day. The idea that an hour of my work is worth an hour of your work- that no one person's time is more valuable than any other person's time- continues to shape the way I live my life to this day. I left Montpelier in June of 2014, and ORE is one of the parts of my Montpelier life I miss most of all. And since then, I've been working to replicate those connections, exchanges, and basic values in every community I've been a part of." - Part 2 of 2 from Anna Tracht @ Onion River Exchange (ORE), Vermont http://ow.ly/vwAn309LmS7 . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #value

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