Feb 3, 2013

Local Growers' Guild Ride

The Local Growers' Guild is currently planning and promoting the Guild's first annual spring benefit event, Bike to Barns, which will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 9:00 am. Bike to Barns invites cyclists of all ages and skill levels to bike to farms in Monroe, Owen, and Brown counties during this day-long event. Funds raised will support the Local Growers' Guild, a multi-level cooperative of farmers, retailers, and community members dedicated to strengthening the local food economy in southern Indiana through education, direct support, and market connections.

 Riders can choose from three different routes, a 5 mile “Urban Fruit Route” in the City of Bloomington, a 35 mile “Seed Route” through Brown County, and a 75 mile “Root Route” in Monroe and parts of Owen County. Participants will meet the growers, have a chance to ask questions about their sustainable farming practices, hang out with farm animals, and learn about local food sources that Southern Indiana has to offer. These routes will begin and end at Rogers/Binford Elementary Schools. Registration is $50 for adults and $15 for children (13 and under). With registration, all participants receive a free Bike to Barns event t-shirt and the option to purchase a bike jersey. Participants will raise pledges from family and friends as well. All participants will benefit from discounts at Nick's English Hut and Upland Brewing Company, and prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers. A celebration party will be held after completion of the ride, with refreshments and entertainment.

 Further details about registration and volunteer opportunities can be found on the LGG website and also the Facebook event page:

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