The Massachusetts Avenue Project and GO Bike Buffalo are proud to host the 4th annual Tour de Farms, Saturday September 15th, 2012, with sponsorship by Independent Health, Accent Stripe, Quaker Crossing and The Buffalo News.
This is a ride highlighting local urban and rural farms in celebration of local, sustainable food production and sustainable transportation.
The Massachusetts Avenue Project (mass-ave.org) is dedicated to helping everyone have access to fresh healthy food, providing enriching and economic opportunities to at-risk youth and promoting our local food system.
GO Bike Buffalo is working to foster bicycle culture and improve the local conditions for bicycling by creating healthy, environmentally sustainable, community friendly transportation options region wide.
Day of Schedule
7:30-8:30AM Check-In, Light Breakfast (Parking Lot M1 – SUNY Buffalo State)
9AM Welcome Message to Rider
9-10AM Rider Send-Off
10-11AM 1/2-Ride Riders Check-In
1:30PM-3PM Riders Arrive at Harvest Celebration
2-2:30PM Welcome & Local Food Event
2:30-4PM Barbecue Lunch & Music
5PM Program Closing
5-6PM Bus Returns to Buffalo
Beginning at Parking Lot M1 at Buffalo State College on Buffalo’s West Side, we will ride to several community gardens and urban farms in the city. Then we’ll ride to Bippert’s Farm in Lancaster, the mid-point of the ride, where some folks will join us for the second part of the Tour. Then we’ll complete the trip to the Oles Family Farm in Corfu, NY, for the Tour de Farms Harvest Celebration, provided for riders, their family and friends and the WNY community. We’ll take tours of the farm, enjoy a meal together and enjoy music by the Outer Circle Orchestra. Finally, most folks will load their bikes on a truck and get on the bus back to Buffalo, while a few brave cyclists will ride their bikes back.
A special bicycle tune-up for Tour de Farms riders will also be taking place at GObike Buffalo’s Workshop at 98 Colvin Avenue from 7pm to 9pm on the night of Friday, September 14th. Tour de Farm riders are invited to tune up their bikes with GObike Buffalo’s mechanics and trained volunteers. There will also be in person registration and early check in will be taking place. For some, this pre-ride tune-up has become as much of a tradition as the ride itself, and is an opportunity to meet some of your fellow riders before you hit the pavement.
This scenic ride will emphasize the importance of sustainable transportation and supporting our local food system, as we travel from urban farm to rural farm by bicycle.