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An East Coast bike tour to explore the alternative agriculture movement, documenting through photography, interview and narrative.
An East Coast bike tour to explore the alternative agriculture movement, documenting through photography, interview and narrative.
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This fall, Havely Carsky and Sydney Williams will embark on the Bike Steady Farm Tour. We’re hitting the road on our bicycles, spurred by a desire to push our boundaries and see the country at a slower, fossil fuel-free pace. Our shared passion for alternative agriculture drove us to focus on furthering our understanding of the growing local food movement. We’ll visit small farms and homesteads on our route from Maine to New Orleans. We hope to see how people are working together, informally as well as through cooperatives, to feed their communities. During our farmstays, we’ll conduct interviews and volunteer in the farming process, gaining insight from the heart of the farming community, as well as learning practical farm skills. Along the way we’ll share our experiences via blog, and at the end of the trip we’ll assemble several zines.  The zines will focus on explaining the farming skill we learned, the structure of the farms we visited, and the story of our travels.

Your contribution will enable us to finish gearing up, ensure that we have a steady peanut butter and beef jerky supply, and provide us with an emergency fund for repairs.

Follow our blog at:

http://bikesteadyfarmtour.tumblr.com/

Risks and challenges

As with all bike tours there are inherent risks and challenges. Such risks include injury, bicycle damage, and fatigue. Of course we will take all safety precautions (helmets!), take good care of ourselves on the road with adequate rest, food, and stretching, and will properly prepare for the ride though physical training, research, bicycle repairs, and practice rides. We are two health conscious individuals who are preparing for the unpredictable adventures of the road. If unforeseen challenges arise we have a history of rising to new challenges with a positive mental attitude and are well versed in creative problem solving.

In the unfortunate event we are unable to finish our ride, we are still prepared to write our proposed zines. We can accomplish this though phone interviews with the farmers we would have otherwise volunteered with, along with email surveys to farm members. In this unfortunate scenario, we would not be able to complete the narrative and photo component of our zine project, unless funders are interested in fabricated adventure stories, which we could deliver.

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