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The Illinois Organic Growers Association will be hosting a bike-to-farm tour event this fall in Champaign County. Take a ride through 7 organic farms and experience the beautiful views of the countryside, enjoy fresh food and meet the farmers behind it all. Increasing your knowledge about organic and sustainable agricultural practices is just another added benefit. There are 3 different tours to suite riders of all ages and abilities: a 6 mile ride, a 30 mile ride, and a 60 mile ride. A farm meal, water breaks and farm snacks, farm activities, and an even t-shirt are all included in the ride. Register today and bring the whole family. The rides will each begin at 8:00 am at Stone Court Farm at 2702 N 1500 East Rd., Mahomet.
To receive a t-shirt you must register by September 1st.
Registration is Now Closed
On the Tour:
Stone Court Farm
Immersed in native plants and natural beauty, Stone Court Farm offers a broad range of natural products, from pasture-raised lamb, pork, chicken and eggs, to asparagus, rhubarb and berries, to gourmet preserves and chutneys. Cyclists will start and finish at this farm. Enjoy a delicious meal, explore a permaculture garden, and learn to identify a few breeds of heritage chickens.
Bicycle mechanics from Neutral Cycle will be on hand to help ensure your bike ready to start the ride, and available to assist you with mechanical difficulties along the route.
Prairie Fruits Farm
Goats and gelato will greet you at Prairie Fruits Farm, a Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery that has been working for over a decade to restore native prairie soils using fruit trees, berries, and goats. This farm is widely enjoyed by the community as a location for outdoor food and wine events, weekend breakfasts, and more. Visit with some very sociable goats, then sample some delicious goat-milk gelato.
Heirloominous Farm provides Central Illinois with heirloom produce rich in history and in flavor, using only organic methods. Weeds are hoed, transplants are hand planted, and everything is harvested by hand. Sample unique in-season snacks while learning how one young entrepreneur without any previous farming experience has created a burgeoning source of heirloom produce and eggs for local markets.
Blue Moon Farm
Over the past six years, without planting any additional acres, Blue Moon Farm has increased production on its 20 acres through continuous improvements in farming practices. Learn about season extension, crop selection and care, mechanization and marketing as you peruse long rows of salad greens and 40 other vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Autumn Berry Inspired
Autumn Berry Inspired turns an invasive species into a useful commodity. By making delicious food from the fruit of the invasive autumn olive, ABI champions an approach that can reduce management cost, labor and herbicide use while promoting biodiversity. From harvest to packaging, see how innovation is combined with an understanding of natural systems to turn a damaging ecological trend into a valued part of the local agro-ecology.
Sola Gratia Farm
Sola Gratia Farm combines sustainable practices, community building, outreach and education to achieve its commitment to donating at least 10% of its produce to support regional hunger programs. As you enjoy a lunch produced mostly on and near this four-acre community farm, you’ll have the opportunity to try out some very unique farming tools made from bicycle parts.
Bicycle mechanics from The Bike Project will be on site at Sola Gratia, ready to help ensure your bike is in top shape for the return trip.
University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm
Acting as a living laboratory, the University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm connects students, community members, and the state at large with regional, small-scale food systems. Tour some of their 10,000 square feet of year-round-production high tunnels, and view an additional 6 acres of fall vegetables that will soon be enjoyed at the University’s residence halls.
Prosperity Gardens, Inc.
Prosperity Gardens, Inc. addresses the growing problems of youth obesity and limited nutrition knowledge, provides hands-on education and employment in agricultural sciences and food production – and by doing so, offers affordable, locally grown produce for Champaign-Urbana’s low-income residents! Enjoy a snack, explore the “Veggie Van”, and meet some of the youth who are changing our community through urban agriculture.
Tomahnous Farm is a family-run operation that began in 1998. Eighteen varieties of garlic are among the wide assortment of vegetables, flowers, herbs, berries and tree fruit this farm offers. Visit hens raised on certified organic flaxseed, livestock that are rotationally grazed on organically managed pasture, and taste organic honey from bees that share the bounty of the beautiful fruit trees and flowers featured on this farm.