Climate summer bikers enrich Belfast area

Posted Aug. 01, 2011, at 5:57 p.m.

BELFAST — Six cyclists from New England spent a week in Belfast to learn and work with community leaders to address climate change through local solutions. Lauren Audi, Brad Samuels, Katie Herlzlotz, Arielle Kashkin, Greg LeMieus and Avery Beck began their week July 18 with a potluck dinner at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Belfast. Tuesday was spent working at the Community Gardens, and in the evening they enjoyed storytelling at the Belfast Free Library.

Wednesday was a “permablitz,” followed by a public supper on Charles Street. On Thursday they joined volunteers from the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition to build a bridge on the Little River Community Trail.

Friday and Saturday were spent at the Newforest Institute in Brooks learning more about permaculture and its use in innovating gardening methods.

Wrapping up their stay in Belfast on July 24, the team of six biked from Brooks to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Belfast before heading to Bath and Brunswick, continuing their nine-week trek across Maine.

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