Climb on your bike to help educate beginning farmers

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers is looking for 50 bicyclists who would like to spend a day in the saddle to support efforts to train the next generation of farmers.

Participants in the seventh annual Ride to Farm on June 26 have their choice of a 65-mile daylong ride or a 30-mile morning or afternoon ride through the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin. Riders will start at Dane County’s Lake Farm Park and make a mid-day stop at the farm of Dan and Shelly Truttmann, Blanchardville, where they will enjoy a great lunch and meet WSBDF graduates and instructors.

Particpants are asked to raise at least $50 in pledges, for which they will receive a T-shirt and lunch. Non-riders are welcome to come for lunch at a cost of $12 per adult and $8 per child under 12. Lunch tickets must be purchased in advance.

“The Ride to Farm is more than just a way to raise funds. It’s also an opportunity to communicate how necessary and important it is to support a next generation of bright, innovative farmers on our working lands,” says Dick Cates, WSBDF Director.

Cyclists can go online to to register, sign up for extra lunches or to purchase a T-shirt or custom Ride to Farm jersey. Participants can also use the website to track their donations and contact potential sponsors via email.