1. The Tour de Farm


    from Patricia Andrews Added 924 5 1

    Join us HERE: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/324659957/the-tour-de-farm **Special thanks to Surly Bikes for providing the all-important, uber awesome, two wheels that we'll be riding across France!! THE Longhaul Trucker touring bike. Check out these cool folks: http://surlybikes.com/ Also for more information about Bikes for Humanity, visit: http://www.bicycles-for-humanity.org/ The Tour de Farm: a cycling tour across the South of France stopping at organic farms along the way to learn about organic food and sustainable living. It's an experiment in cultivating health. In addition to live updates, the final product will be a video documentary that captures this health pilgrimage. The Journey Like the best tours, my story is full of highs and lows. It’s about peaks and valleys and how our greatest and worst moments tend to collide. The seeds of the Tour de Farm began in such a way. Within 12 hours, I had received the best and worst news. A routine dermatology appointment turned long day in the emergency room where scans revealed a coconut-sized tumor in my side. My heart screeched to a halt when I heard “tumor”. Several years earlier, losing my father had started in a similar way, with the very same word. On the way home from the ER, I got a call. “There’s an envelope here. It’s from Oxford.” The last few weeks had been filled with nervous anticipation as I started receiving application decisions from the graduate schools. I was shocked and thrilled to be accepted to Yale, Harvard, and Cambridge, but for some reason I couldn’t get the idea of Oxford out my head. Like a lovesick puppy, I checked the mail obsessively. But as discussions of a biopsy procedure began, I knew I would be waiting for results of a different kind--results that could make all of my hard work and plans irrelevant. When I finally got up the courage to open the envelope, I quickly searched for key words and found them, “pleased to inform you…congratulations!!” My eyes filled with tears of both joy and fear. I was only 23 years old. The tumor was removed, taking my right oblique muscles with it, and the pathology results seemed to promise that it should be gone for good. I was able to accept the offer and move to Oxford. It was there that I fell in love with cycling. However, my health struggles were not quite over. The mesh that they used to replace my muscles had developed an infection and the doctors had found yet another development of melanoma. After several days of receiving the most potent antibiotics available intravenously, the infection still did not seem to be responding, so I went into surgery. Recovery was excruciating, there seemed to be no end in sight, I knew that soon another surgery awaited me. It was in that moment, with tubes coming out of my side and a picc-line in my arm that two things came into focus: 1) I would have to be exceptionally vigilant in my pursuit of health. 2) Life is undeniably fragile, so it should be lived to its fullest…right now. I had dreamed about cycling through the south of France and working on organic farms, but now I was determined. I want to grab my health and my life firmly with both hands, and to inspire others to do the same. The Tour de Farm is an expression of this resolve. The Mission When my dad was diagnosed, doctors gave him just a few months to live and unpromising treatment options. However, thanks to some radical, healthy changes in lifestyle my dad lived an incredible two and a half years beyond expectations. My father was a walking testament to the value of organic food, an active lifestyle and creating opportunities to live life to its fullest. These are the same values I will promote through the Tour de Farm. I believe that health is more than just the absence of cancer or sickness, and living is more than just preventing death. I believe that health is a way of life that can be cultivated. The mission of the Tour de Farm is to spread ideas that promote healthy,vibrant and sustainable living by producing the story of this health pilgrimage. The Ride In the spirit of Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France, the Tour de Farm will be a 50-day cycling tour through France, stopping at organic farms along the way to volunteer, to learn about sustainable living and organic food, and to share these ideas with others. I will be joined by my sister-in-law, Tiffany, as a cycling partner and production assistant. While the 2012 Tour de France makes its way down the east side of France, we will be pedaling and farming our way across the south. The tour will commence in Nice and continue via ferry to Corsica, then on through Marseilles to Nimes, and down toward Foix. After traversing the infamous Raid Pyrénéen, we will continue up to Bordeaux before making our way to the finish line on the final day of the Tour de France in Paris. Since the location and quality of the ride will guide our route more than distance efficiency, just like competitors in the Tour de France, we will occasionally board our bikes on a train (or ferry) to get to the next great ride. At four stages throughout the journey we will trade our cycling gloves for work gloves, volunteering at organic farms along the way as a part of the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) Network. At the farms, we will be busy helping to tend gardens, orchards and animals, but we hope to cultivate more than fruits and vegetables. We also hope to cultivate greater familiarity with where our food comes from, awareness of what it means to live sustainably in terms of both our food and transportation, and practical ways to adapt these principles to our daily lives. Though we will have to pack light, we will be sure to make room for the electronic equipment necessary to stay connected through blogging and tweeting, and the photo/video equipment necessary to capture and share the stories as beautifully and effectively as possible. We can't wait to share this story with you. Please help us make it possible! Much love, Patricia

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    • Swarm Rescue


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      Stone Barns beekeeper Dan Carr has been busy rescuing swarms of honeybees and giving them new hives. Learn more at http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/

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      • Sustainable Ranching with Rocky Mountain Organic Meats


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        Skype interview between Michelle Stern's high school biology classes and Rod, owner of Rocky Mountain Organic Meats. We discuss sustainable agriculture and the disadvantages of industrial farming...and Pink Slime (eeeew!)

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        • Meet the Farmer: Yuwing Wong


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          The Island East Markets team visits Yuwing Wong, Vice President of the Organic Farmers Association and second generation farmer, at his farm, Au Law Organic Farm in Kam Tin, northwestern New Territories. He takes us on a tour of his farm and tells us what has been most rewarding so far in his life as a farmer. Organic Farmers Association is a key partner in Island East Markets. Their regular meetings help us distribute information and with their expertise and coordination, we're able to make sure farmers are able to come out to the city, and that they can showcase the produce they're most proud of. Island East Markets . TaiKoo Place . Coming to you 30 September 2012. www.hkmarkets.org

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          • Growing Cities Trailer


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            The trailer for the new documentary film, Growing Cities, about urban farming in America. Host a screening at: www.growingcitiesmovie.com/screenings Home DVD now available from First-Run Features: www.goo.gl/gAR9FK Or to download from the iTunes store: www.goo.gl/Oz3v1x

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            • Growing Basil // Part Two: Potting Up


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              Basil Growing tips from the Center's Vegetable Farm Manager Jack Algiere. Learn the best way to plant and care for your basil seedling for your home garden or window. Visit us at stonebarnscenter.org/

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              • Soil Microbes Help Save Plant-growing Input Costs


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                “I’ve read countless articles and books about soils, listened to a host of speakers holding forth about soils, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more inspiring or enjoyable soil life presentation than from Doug Weatherbee. Who could ever imagine that soils could be presented in a hybrid sit-com, sci-fi, who-dun-it theatrical production? Thank you, Doug, for making us all appreciate afresh the intricate, dynamic, awesome world of soil. If Doug is on the speaking roster, it’s worth going to the conference just to hear his dynamic presentation.” Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm 2013 Learn how beneficial soil microbes can provide soluble nutrients and plant disease suppression to your farm or garden. Go to http://soildoctor.org for more information and please sign up for my mailing list to hear about more videos and other information. Photo credit on the Protozoa side with 3 photos: Tim Wilson

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                • Organic Farming in Beijing - God's Grace Garden


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                  China's organic agriculture is based on traditional sustainable farming practices, which started thousands of years ago. In China, records of sustainable farming dating back 4,000 years, mention several organic practices including crop rotation, composting and diversified production. Beijing farmer, Therese Rose, stands with passion for this concept, but struggled when she started her farm 12 years ago, with the organic food movement still in its infant stage. Old colleagues started avoiding her, thought the former diplomat had gone crazy when she gave up her well-paid job to be a farmer and tried to uphold natural standards. Despite all that, she says giving up was never an option.

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                    I love Parker Posey, she's awesome. I'm pumped about this movie. I'll be buying a copy on June 19th for sure.

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                    • THE LOVE GUIDE - PARKER POSEY - JUNE 19TH


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                      I'm buying this on June 19th! I love Parker Posey!!!

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