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pedal & plow

You’ll want to follow the journey of these folks: Pedal & Plow.  Read on for their perspective!


It seems everyone has an opinion on “How to Feed the World.” From The most recent National Geographic article, to the works of Michael Pollan, there is increasing awareness of the challenges our food system faces. However in this chorus of voices, the opinions of small farmers and peasants seems to be drowned out. With one billion farmers worldwide isn’t it time to start looking for solutions from the very people that will be trusted to feed this growing population?

Pedal and Plow is at its heart committed to small scale farmers and understanding the challenges and realities of a changing food system. Lydia Caudill, creator and host of Pedal and Plow, will be riding her bike from Paraguay, across the America’s back to her home in Washington State. Along this epic journey she will interview small farmers, cooperatives, and anyone with a new perspective on farming and food systems. Continue reading

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much afoot and apedal in south dakota
Cycle Farm, LLC is located in the heart of Spearfish Valley, in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The land has been farmed for many years; most recently it has been lovingly cultivated with hops. We grow mixed vegetables for CSA and market (Spearfish Farmer’s Market on Friday evenings). We are enthusiastic about building community and local resiliency through the food system using human-powered and natural farming practices.

Cycle Farm is on Facebook. Let’s be friends.

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rock the barn

Rock the Barn, put together by three friends, is a (non-funded) promotional bicycle tour for prop 37, the labeling of GMO ingredients in California, and for small organic farms in California. We’re going from San Francisco to Los Angeles on August 6 – 17.  We’re bringing a guitar, saxophone, and hand drum. Our band is Becky White and the Secret Mission, This ain’t our first rodeo, and we want it to be huge.

If you’re for prop 37, are against GMOs, or think Monsanto is an evil empire, then please support this tour.   Continue reading

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bike powered flour!

Prairie Heritage Farm will be peddling and pedaling their heritage and ancient grains at the 2nd annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs, MT – July 26-29!
On Sunday, they’ll be doing a demo, called Tour de Flour: Bikes and bakers unite! Join the farmers from Prairie Heritage Farm for a demo of bike-powered flour and a discussion about the history of grain and why ancient and heritage grains, and fresh flour, are on the rise. Includes bike-powered flour time trials. If you grind the fastest, you win!

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last minute support for a great project!

This is the last day to vote, so lets throw our greenhorns weight behind Rising Pheasant Farms!  Vote HERE

Rising Pheasant Farms has been bring you naturally-grown produce by bicycle for 4 years now.  You all have supported us so much along the way and I’m very excited to inform you of another easy way to support Detroit bicycle-powered agriculture. 

We are one of 15 finalists for the SMART Mobiprize.  This is a international competition of entrepreneurs working on new mobility solutions and I’m so excited that we made it this far!  But with your help we could make it all the way ($5,000 & a trip to Rio for a New Mobility conference).

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bike rides for farmers!

9th Annual Ride to Farm
Saturday, June 2, 2012                               

Ride to Farm is a bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF). Retiring farmers are leaving farming at a much faster rate than new farmers are starting. The school meets the critical need to train, mentor and support Wisconsin’s next generation of dairy and livestock farmers. The program emphasizes low-capital, environmentally friendly, grass-based dairy farming. About 400 students have attended the school and more than 75 percent of its graduates are farming.

The School is sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Farm and Industry Short Course, both within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison. Continue reading

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a bicycle pre-party

for the Bicycle Music Festival (held on summer solstice).  Here’s the latest:

Hopefully you know firsthand that cyclists make better lovers, but if you’ve yet to discover this wonderful fact for yourself, come snag your Valentine at the BMF Benefit at Cell Space this Friday Feb. 5th, and learn! Learn, learn, learn!

Dragon Bike by JayBroemmel

This party’s going to be classic off-the-hook BMF madness (minus the chronic run-ins with the police): a crowd of 300 of the sexiest-legged dancers (aka bike people) in SF, getting their freak on to the music of 5 great bands, drinking local 21st Amendment beer on tap, watching trapeze artists gyrating on the ceiling, checking out the art-bike show (feat. Jay Broemmel bikes), BMF past-years highlight gallery, enjoying bike-blended smoothies and food from a collection of SF’s beloved street-chefs, and of course pedaling BMF’s famous 5-bike audience-powered sound system. Continue reading

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bike lanes and bloomberg

today, lindsey lusher (of transportation alternatives and national young farmer coalition)
told me about this incident between the hipsters and the hassidic community who (it has been leaked)
were promised that the bike lane would be removed if they voted for bloomberg.

oh the intrigue. oh the gossip.

its from a very funny bike blog you should know about

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chattanoogans have a bike traffic report

on the radio!  awesome. this is from Outdoor Chattanooga.  They also have Bike Chattanooga.

We have partnered with Pulse News WLPZ-95.3FM to bring Chattanoogan ears DAILY BICYCLE TRAFFIC REPORTS. Yes. Everyday alongside typical traffic reports, thousands of morning news listeners will also hear about the whereabouts and wellbeing of our bike commuters! This is a super cool thing. Most importantly, this will provide a new opportunity for us to “normalize” bike commuting. To remind thousands of listeners that we too are riding to and from work, the grocery store, school and that we might even be your neighbor. Ultimately, of course, we hope to increase ridership while improving roadway safety and awareness. Continue reading

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irresistible bling for the fleet: strida and xtracycle


We’re not that into product endorsement. But this Strida collapsible bike is pretty cool, and we do claim to be an articulated mass of cyclists.

Areaware just started distributing them in the US, and the best part about it is that you can fold up the Strida bike and put it in the back of your Xtracycle bicycle.


That way you can bike to the train station to pick up your friend—-and take them to the farmers market.

wonderful adventure tools.

Xtracycle stickerlove, sev.


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