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Sumter County Tour de Farm: Nov. 2-4, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM –
Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
Americus, GA 31709
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Event Details

Cafe Campesino is thrilled to announce Sumter County Tour de Farm, a two-day biking adventure of sustainable agriculture spots in and around Americus, Georgia, November 2-4, 2012.  The event is a fundraiser for the Atlanta-based non-profit Georgia Organics and an opportunity for food, farm and cycling enthusiasts to get a behind-the-scenes look at Southwest Georgia's sustainable food movement.  Come on down and join us!


a FULL PASS includes: 

  • White Oak Pastures' "Meat & Greet" dinner ticket for Friday
  • Dinner at Koinonia Farm on Saturday
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, multiple snacks and water
  • 2 nights of Camping
  • 5 Farm Tours
  • Tour of Cafe Campesino Roastery & Coffeehouse
  • 1-year individual membership to Georgia Organics
  • Visit to Jimmy Carter National Historic Site: the Boyhood Farm
  • SAG wagon assistance as needed
  • 2 full days of guided cycling through beautiful Sumter County

a "Meat & Greet" KICK-OFF DINNER ONLY ticket includes:

  • 1 ticket to "Meat & Greet," Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
  • Dinner & Drinks
  • Tour of Easterlin Farm
  • A Darn-Good Time

Participants interested in paying in cash or by check should contact Cafe Campesino at 888-532-4728.

Total miles cycling for the weekend is expected to be about 70 miles.  A more detailed itinerary is below.


Friday, Nov. 2: White Oak Pastures' "Meat & Greet: Kick-off Dinner" at Easterlin Farm.  Registration & Check-in: 5-9 p.m. Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
White Oak Pastures' farmers of nearby Bluffton, Ga., will provide pasture-raised chicken for riders and members of the local community for a kick-off dinner event that will welcome riders to Easterlin Farm, a newly re-established family farm that just finished its second year of all-natural blueberry production.  Americus-based Sweet Georgia Baking Co., Roman Oven Pizzeria,13th Colony Distillery and The Merry Cuss Brew Club will also be sampling their products.  Camping on-site.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Americus, Plains, & Koinonia Farm, all day
Riders will visit:  Lenny's Market- Americus's local farmers' market; the home of Jamie MacLennan- a local professor who farms from his backyard; President Carter's Boyhood Home- a site operated & maintained by the National Parks Service and Koinonia Farm- an intentional Christian community that has farmed since 1942 and served a place where people of all races could live and work together equally.  Camping at Koinonia.  Total miles cycling: 37.9 miles

Sunday, Nov. 4: Cafe Campesino, Happy Patch Produce & an Olive Farm
Riders will visit:  Cafe Campesino Coffeehouse and Roastery; Rudy's Happy Patch Produce Market- an Americus produce market that was born out of an effort to advance the well-being of persons with mental illness and addictive disorders; the home of Norman Race- a former Koinonia resident who along with his wife Susan, are actively involved in sustainability in Georgia, having recently installed a solar array to power their home; and an Americus-based olive farm that is owned and operated by a local family.  Total miles cycling: 22 miles

Sumter County Tour de Farm ride is made possible with generous support from the following
River Valley Regional Commission, Sumter Cycling, National Parks Service, Georgia Organics, the City of Americus, Easterlin Farm, Koinonia Farm, Sweet Georgia Baking Co., Roman Oven Pizzeria, White Oak Pastures, Fair Shot Coffee, Vita Coco Coconut Water, 13th Colony Distillery, Merry Cuss Brew Club, Pure Bliss Organics, Anson Mills, Norman Race, Easton Kinnebrew, Scott Umstattd and Darlene Laird


Frequently Asked Questions

Will you provide camping equipment?   We will not be supplying camping equipmment.   Suggested camping items to bring are:  a tent, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad and a good pillow!

Will you be transporting our gear, or do we need to transport camping equipment ourselves?  We will transport your gear for you from Easterlin Farm (Friday night camp-site) to Koinonia Farm (Saturday night camp-site) and then back to your car drop-off site (near Easterlin Farms) on Sunday.  You will not have to carry your own camping gear.

What happens if it rains? This is a rain or shine event.  Riders will be encouraged to keep riding in light rain an to find nearby shelter if you get caught in heavy rain.  Please bring a poncho or some sort of rainjacket if you are concerned about this.

Where is the Friday night "Meet & Greet"? Directions to the Friday night dinner and camp-site will be emailed to participants after they have registered. If you have any questions, please call: 229-924-2468 or 404-558-6221.


Final note: Sumter County Tour de Farm was inspired by a similar bike trip held around Athens, Georgia, that is regularly organized by the non-profit P.L.A.C.E.  We are so grateful to P.L.A.C.E. and the Athens Tour de Farm organizers for leading the way for these exciting food-cycling adventures and consistently proving that trips like these are not only possible but fun!


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