At long last, here are a couple shots from the Farm Bike Tour organized by Citizens Co-op here in Gainesville. We paid a small fee and then had a guided bike tour of something like 10 local farms of a variety of types. There was the ethnobotany grad student garden at UF (my favorite of the day), some community gardens, an enormous patch of land that used to be primarily blueberry fields now trying to clear out some of the overgrowth, a small commune-style garden (my second favorite - they had an accordion player!), a couple of home gardens (one with chickens!) and a garden maintained by the students of a local middle school.
The total ride was about 14.5 miles and took all afternoon. Fortunately, most of the places we stopped had some refreshments for us, including such wonderful treats as minty fresh lemonade and fresh sugar snap peas. At each garden, someone explained goals, methods, and plants to us and gave us the opportunity to ask questions. The day ended with a celebration at what is soon to be the home of the newly-established Citizens Co-op. Fortunately, it is within walking distance of my home and work, so I'm thrilled to have it downtown.
All in all, it was a lovely afternoon. We even got some free shirts for doing the bike ride, and Bo seems to be wearing his quite a bit these days (which is fine, I think it looks great on him!).
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It's May and therefore time for the second annual Eat Local Challenge! Check out Hogtown Homegrown for more info!!!