The FairBuck Project is a collaborative effort to launch a trade token unique to Fairfax, Ca. The FairBuck promotes a more vibrant local economy, encourages residents and visitors to invest in Fairfax, and heightens awareness of how spending locally encourages the Fairfax community’s economic well-being.
Sustainable Fairfax, the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and the Fairfax Town Council have joined forces to design and launch the FairBuck trade token. They have formed a FairBuck Steering Committee, charting a course for the future of the FairBuck and other localization efforts.
Since our successful launch in June, 2011 we have minted 5,000 tokens with a snail on the back. Around the start of 2012, these were all in circulation, and there was demand for more. Our new 2012 token has a classic bicycle chainwheel on the back. We call it the "swirly star" (unofficially).
Why the Buck and Snail? The buck is part of the Seal of Fairfax, and also stands for strength in community. The snail is a celebration of our community’s commitment to home and pays homage to Fairfax becoming the second CittaSlow certified community in the U.S.
The 2012 token has a chainwheel because bicycling is so connected to Fairfax: the birthplace of the mountain bike, and bicycling is human scale, efficient transportation.
The FairBuck provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to invest in Fairfax. The FairBuck is accepted as change and can only be spent at participating businesses in Fairfax-keeping those dollars circulating locally. FairBuck tokens kept as souvenirs keep US Dollars in our community.
Participation is completely voluntary for businesses and shoppers.
FairBuck trade tokens empower Fairfax to support local business and keep our local economy thriving.
Ask for FairBucks in your change at FairBuck Businesses
Get them at the Sustainable Fairfax Booth at the Fairfax Crafts Fair (Pavilion, Dec. 8th)
Or Call us up!
Call to order more FairBucks
Or for questions, inquiries, or to Volunteer.
FairBucks are good at participating FairBuck businesses, and may only be used for goods and services for which the token was designed.
FairBucks are not legal tender, and business participation is optional. Federal law prohibits use of such tokens outside of the network.
FairBucks are designed to encourage spending locally, and to draw new people into local businesses, resulting in increased levels of business activity in both US Dollars and FairBucks.
Money that moves into the FairBuck system stays local, keeps circulating, and helps build local economic infrastructure.
Through the FairBuck, local businesses, government, non-profits and residents are finding tangible ways to develop local solutions together.