Memphis Tour De Coop 2013
The Memphis Tour De Coop is a guided and self-guided bicycle tour of urban chicken coops, gardens, and beehives benefiting GrowMemphis. We will also include a Tour De Coop map with the stop locations for any person who registers and would like to walk or otherwise participate in the tour.
We hope the 2013 event will showcase urban chickens, gardens, and beehives in new innovative ways to inspire the Yard to Table approach of creating healthy, fresh, and sustainable local food production back into our yards, homes, lives, and community.
The MISSION of GrowMemphis is to partner with communities in Memphis and Shelby County to promote a sustainable local food system.
We envision Memphis as the healthiest, greenest city in the United States. Our City is populated by residents who understand the complexities of our food system and use that knowledge to grow or raise their own food and to support other sustainable growers.
Community gardens abound, which reduces blight, rekindles community relationships, and provides healthy food. Farmers markets and restaurants support regional farms. Farming is a viable livelihood and our youth look toward it as a career path. Our food system is supported by local policies that enable and provide space for community and home gardens and sustainable farms. These activities are an intrinsic part of our economic development engine and Memphis is widely known as a community that cares deeply for and produces locally grown or raised food packed with flavor.
Date: October 12, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Start Location for Group Tour: 8 -8:30 am First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper, 38104. We will meet at the North East parking lot on Blythe Street.
Tour Location: Midtown and Vollintine Evergreen Neighborhood
Distance: Approximately 8 miles total
Parking: You can park your car at First Congregational Church and use the North East parking lot on Blythe Street. If this lot is full, please find a parking spot in the neighborhood. Please do not use the parking available in the South East lot, this is reserved for the Cooper-Young Farmers Market.
Map: To protect the privacy of the volunteers homes the map with the 9 stop locations will be emailed to you Thursday, October 10th. This map will include the address and information of each location. You will also be able to view this information, without the address, on our website growmemphis.org tab Tour De Coop.
1. You can join us for the GROUP TOUR that will begin at 8:30 am at First Congregational Church. Each group will be a total of 15 people with volunteers assigned as 1 leader and 1 chaser. This will allow everyone in the group to cross major streets together safely and in a timely manner. Each group will also be determined by intent of the ride, swiftly or at a leisurely pace. The leader and chaser will keep track of the time at each stop so that you will visit all 9 stops. You can choose to stay at the stop location and not continue with the group at any time, the leader and chaser will not count heads but notify the group when it is time to move to the next stop.
2. You can choose to do a self guided tour of the stops. You can visit any of the stops during 8:30 -12:30pm on October 12th.
Weather contingency: The event will take place rain or shine.
We will cancel the event for lightening or otherwise dangerous weather. If we suspect that we may have to cancel the event due to weather, we will send an alert email the evening of the 11th and final notice of cancellation through email the morning of the 12th.
Tour Stop: At each garden/coop/hive the volunteer will take 10 minutes to give a presentation and then time for Q&A. You can stay as long as you like at each stop with the consideration that the Tour ends at 12:30pm.
Volunteers: We will have volunteers at each stop to assist you with information and to watch the parked bikes.
Bike racks: We will have a bike rack available at each stop for those that do not have a kickstand. Please do not place your bike on the location property or against their home/fence.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms will not be available on the Tour. Please do not ask to enter anyones home to use their bathroom. Each volunteer has been instructed to not allow the Tour participants to enter their home.
Water: Please bring a water bottle with you during the ride.
For more information see www.growmemphis.org Tour De Coop
First Congregational Church, North East parking lot on Blythe Street. (View)
1000 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|