Bicyclists gathered outside Co-op Natural Foods store in Sioux Falls yesterday to join in a big bike ride to help raise awareness about Local Food Systems.
"We are riding our bikes to raise awareness for Local Foods," said Nancy Kirstein, owner of Good Earth Farm in Lennox. "We are riding from the Natural Foods Co-op to our farm which is about 25 miles south of here."
It's a long trek for any new biker this spring.
"I hope I am. I'm not quite in farming shape yet because it's still early in the season, but I think I'll pull through," said Kirstein.
But 25 miles is nothing compared to the journey these men are making.
"They are riding from the middle of Iowa out to San Francisco to raise awareness for Local Food Systems, and we are their third stop along the way, so we wanted to welcome them into the Sioux Falls community and introduce them to our Local Foods," said Kirstein.
The group of three Iowa men is called Pedal to Produce. They're hoping to visit several Local Food Systems on their journey across western America.
"We wanted an adventure," said Nathan Wesely, a Pedal to Produce bicyclist. "But at the same time we really wanted to get to know this country and the people who are doing good things in this world."
Throughout their journey, they are working to raise awareness about locally grown food systems, just like the Natural Food Co-op here in Sioux Falls.
"The Co-op is one of our largest advocates in the natural food community, so anything we can do to help them and support them helps us too," said Kirstein.
The Pedal to Produce riders will travel over 3,000 miles on their journey to the Pacific Northwest. They are blogging about their visits to organic farms along the way.