Hey Matt, I know that Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage here in Missouri (http://www.dancingrabbit.org/) has had some success linking their own local currency with food production, so you might try contacting them. I wrote an article about this about a year ago & they were one of the organizations I contacted. The other folks in the article might be helpful as well and are easily google-able:
hope that helps!
My name is Sarah Noyes and I'm the Program Assistant with Common Good Finance. I will briefly introduce the idea. Its an Alternative Form of Exchange, among many viable options.
Common good banks™ are designed to be basis for a new economic system -- a democratic, community-based system that can spread quickly to give everyone a home, healthy food, and satisfying work. Common good banks will be different from ordinary banks in two ways: who benefits (everyone) and who gets a say in how the money is used (everyone). This is not just another bank with a social mission. This is
a social mission with a bank!
* All profits go to schools and other nonprofits.
* Depositors decide what the bank should invest in.
* Free local credit card processing for local businesses.
* Micro-loans for new businesses and community projects.
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* Committed to sustainability and economic justice.
Once the first common good bank opens, any community ANYWHERE can start one in just a few days, with no need for a bank building.
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What do you think? Will you take the 10 seconds to register and share your thoughts?
P.S. And you can be paid to start one in your area.
Jct: Currency, interest-free or not, is catalyst for everything production. Of course, interest-free doesn't cause the mort-gage musical chairs death-gamble of everyone trying to repay 11 when everyone only got 10. Good luck at setting up your LETS timebank lifeboat. In 1999, under the UNILETS Time Standard of Money, I paid for 39/40 nights in Europe with a timebank IOU for a night back in Canada worth 5 Hours which I recorded on my public do-it-yourself timebank account: http://johnturmel.com/unilets.com
I'll take your Hours in Canada if you'll take my Hours chez vous.