Did you know that the neighborhoods of Boston are home to innovative urban farms and community gardens that are strengthening Boston’s local and sustainable food systems? On Saturday, August 1, come explore them on the 2009 Tour de Farms bike ride!
Depending on which route you choose, you’ll visit urban farms in Roxbury and Dorchester, CSA (community supported agriculture) farms in the Blue Hills Reservation and surrounding communities, and Boston’s oldest commercial farm. You’ll also get a chance to sample fresh, locally grown food, discover the benefits of local agriculture, and learn how you can actively support these efforts.
Boston Urban Farm Loop
- This 15-mile route covers Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan
- Farm stops include The Food Project, City Natives, ReVision Urban Farm, and the Minton Stables Community Garden
- 9 AM start at Franklin Park
Community Farm Loop
- This 40-mile route covers Boston, Brookline, Watertown, Waltham, Newton, and Milton
- Farm stops include Allandale Farm, Waltham Fields Community Farm, Newton Community Farm, and Brookwood Community Farm
- 8 AM start at Franklin Park
- Please note that this is an advanced ride for experienced cyclists
Both rides will be led by experienced riders and there will be technical support in the case of flat tires — but please be sure to bring extra tubes and tools!
Online pre-registration is required with a registration and insurance fee of $10. To register, please click here.
Farm Sites on the tours include:
- The Food Project
- Victory Program’s ReVision Urban Farm
- Allandale Farm
- Brookwood Community Farm
- Newton Community Farm
- Waltham Fields Community Farm
The Tour de Farms is sponsored by the following organizations:
- Farm Aid
- Boston Natural Areas Network
- Urban AdvenTours
- Bikes Not Bombs
- Rozzie Bikes
- DOT Bikes
Photo used under Creative Commons license courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid.