40 + 25 + 4 = One Great Ride

July 14, 2007 at 8:21 pm 8 comments


So we did it!  Over 40 cyclist went 25 miles to explore 4 urban agriculture sites within Philly’s city limits.  It was a wonderfully sunny, blue sky day with a nice breeze to keep us cool.  The farms we visited were all so unique in their own right and the staff gave fantastic tours.  The cyclists hailed from all parts of the city as well as a couple from out of state.   A great deal of idea sharing and encouragement occurred along the way, no doubt generating future initiatives, both on a personal and on a larger scale.  I enjoyed meeting so many of you who read the blog.  Thanks to Chris Hill for masterminding this excellent event.  Word on the street (from the bike seat) is that this will become an annual event with even more farms and more riders! 

Now, since a picture is worth a thousand words, I figure 51 pictures will do a heck of a better job telling you about our lovely day than I will.  So, here’s the link to the Flickr set I created.  If you were on the ride and care to add a comment under any of the pictures identifying yourself and sharing your thoughts on the day, I’d appreciate it. 



Here are the links to or a short description of the places we visited. 

Weavers Way Farm (this blog)

Mill Creek Farm (link)

GreensGrow (link)

Spring Gardens (no link)
A mature lovingly attended community garden, Spring Gardens is full of amazing flowers, heirloom vegetables, sculpture and other art, and an amazing view of the city’s skyscrapers.  Many innovative techniques are being used in this garden, which has a committed membership and real sense of community.  


And finally, but not least, here is the blog for the three ladies riding from D.C. to Montreal and back this summer to document urban agriculture projects.   These incredible women really inspired me!  I’ll be following their progress closely and I encourage you to do the same. 

Women’s Garden Cycles Bike Tour


One final note – Visit Mac and Cheese for Taylor’s great recount of the ride. 

Mac and Cheese Review



Entry filed under: Farm Notes.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. taylor  |  July 15, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Hey Jenn, great ride and great meeting you.

  • 2. womensgardencycles  |  July 16, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    what a great site… love the recipes! thanks for your support!

  • 3. womensgardencycles  |  July 16, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    hey, and a techy question for you: how do you have the flickr photos on the side of your site like that? we’d love to do that…. thanx!

  • 4. Jennie  |  July 17, 2007 at 6:41 am

    Womensgardencycles – Thanks for visiting the blog! I’m guessing you’re on your way to NYC now. As for putting the flickr photos on the side…go to “Presentation” and then to “widgets” and scroll down until you see all the little squares within the big square. Among those little squares should be one for Flickr Photos. Drag it up to the “Sidebar” and then click directly on it. Instructions for getting the RSS for your photos will pop up. Just follow those and you should see the photos appear in your sidebar when you view the blog. If that doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll try to walk you through it more.

  • […] this year include a Kick-off Party with local microbrews and cheese steaks, an Urban Farm Bike Tour, an Urban Agriculture Bus Tour, a City Harvest Lunch and Tour, a U-Pick Farm Tour, “The Book and […]

  • 6. janet  |  July 18, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I had a great day on the urban farm bike tour. great people, great weather and great tour what more could you ask for oh free beer at the end it was priceless. I hope we have a gang of 100 next year.

    see you on the farm
    and thanks to Chris who put a great day together

  • 7. Jennie  |  July 18, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Janet – Here! Here! A 100 riders and more free beer next year! 🙂 And most definitely more FARMS! Thanks for coming out for the ride! It was great to meet you. 🙂

  • […] planning another Philadelphia Urban Farm Bike Tour for this summer, starting again at Weavers Way Farm, which has grown by leaps and bounds since last […]


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