WISCASSET, Maine — The 15th annual Tour de Farms Bike Ride and Local Foods Barbecue will be held rain or shine on Sunday, Aug. 17. Riders may choose 20-, 50- or 100-mile rides through Midcoast Maine farmlands. All rides start and end at the Morris Farm in Wiscasset.
Rest stops along the way will be stocked with snacks, sports drinks and water. Rest stops are located at local organic farms and community landmarks. Farm stand purchases will be transported back to Morris Farm by volunteers. The rides conclude with a local foods barbecue at 2 p.m. at Morris Farm.
The Tour de Farms raises funds to support the Morris Farm Trust, a nonprofit educational farm that promotes sustainable agriculture and stewardship of the earth. The Morris Farm offers multiple programs that seek to connect children and families with the source of their food, including the Morris Farm Wiscasset Primary School Garden Farm-to-School Project; Backyard Farmer, an adult education series that emphasizes sustainable living practices; Farm Camp, an agricultural and ecological based day camp for children, and more. It is also home to the Margaret Ellis Community Gardens and a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener demonstration garden.
Online registration for the Tour de Farms is at morrisfarm.org. Check the Website for ride departure times and ride maps. There is a $10 fee for day or ride registration. Additional barbecue tickets may be purchased for friends who are not riding.
For information about the Tour de Farms XV or Morris Farm, visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 882-4080.