PRESS RELEASE: Nine volunteers to cycle over 250km through the GTA to deconstruct dinner

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     August 9, 2013 Nine volunteers to cycle over 250km through the GTA to deconstruct dinner

TORONTO – A group of 9 individuals, ages 22-46, will be pedalling the Greater Toronto Area from August 10 to 18 to dig their fingers into the soil, deepen their garden knowledge, and discover the flavours of the food that grows in our backyard. They are volunteers on the multigenerational Pedal to Plate Tour – a team of ambassadors for environmental sustainability and social justice on wheels, organized by national charity The Otesha Project. Cycling approximately 250km of urban and rural foodscapes, they are equipped with an inspiring message: you and I can create extraordinary change through the power of our daily actions.

As part of this 9-day adventure within the GTA, tour members will find their place in the food web by contributing to local farms through work-shares, cooking for each other, and exploring the politics of feeding ourselves through encounters with food producers, academics, and activists. Tour hosts include the Albion Hills Community Farm in Caledon, Mansfield Heritage Farm in Mansfield, and the Norval Intentional Community in Halton Hills, while other organizations and individuals supporting the tour via workshop, speaker, tour, or food include: The Peace Ranch,  Heatherlea Farm and Whole Circle Farm and Fiddle Food Farm.  and Ka-nyen-ha-kah (Mohawks) of Grand River. On August 18 from 3:30-6:00, Otesha will host a celebratory event at the Gerrard Art Space to welcome back our participants from the tour.

The members of the traveling cycling group strive to model a mobile sustainable community, cycling from town to town, and opening up conversations along the way about how we can be agents of change in our day-to-day lives. With a special attention on where our food comes from and how it is produced, members of the Pedal to Plate Tour will be exploring ways of using their daily lifestyle, resource use, and consumption choices to be forces for good.

Media Contact:

Kayla Siefried, Programs Coordinator, 613-237-6065