Aug 7

Climate Ride Pacific Northwest

Join us as we cruise nearly 300 miles through the majestic Pacific Northwest on a fully-supported bike ride to raise money for Sustainable Harvest International. Click here to learn more.

What is Climate Ride?
Climate Ride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes life-changing charitable events to raise awareness and support sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes.

Tell me more about the Pacific Northwest Ride.

Climate Ride Pacific Northwest is an exciting international route that explores the newly-coined Salish Sea (which includes Puget Sound, the Georgia Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca) while riding counterclockwise and discovering the best of the Pacific Northwest. On this itinerary, you'll start and end in Seattle and visit Washington State's San Juan Islands, Canada’s Vancouver Island, and the spectacular Olympic National Park. 

You'll ride along beautiful rugged beaches, visit historic port towns, breathe the cool, fresh air of the temperate rainforest, and pedal to the peaks of the stunning Olympic Mountains. From tide pools to glaciers, this five-day cycling adventure offers a diverse array of landscapes that deliver the cycling experience of a lifetime accompanied by many new friends.

Where can I learn more about the Pacific Northwest Ride Route?
Right here. Click on the "Day-by-Day Info" tab.

What do you mean by "fully-supported" ride?
We mean Climate Ride will feed you three square meals a day, and provide plenty of pit stops (with snacks) along the way! In addition, they'll transport your luggage, set up lodging, and provide on-site support during the ride. Routes are well-marked. In addition, Climate Ride staff will provide fundraising and logistical support.

Is Climate Ride a "dry" event?
No way, José! Though drinking on the route is never advised, you are free to purchase alcoholic beverages on the road and toss them in the support van to be brought back to camp. You're also free to drink lots of water, juice, or whatever floats your boat!

Who does Climate Ride benefit?
Climate Ride benefits organizations doing inspired work to combat climate change and tackle tough environmental issues, including...Sustainable Harvest International!

How does Climate Ride benefit Sustainable Harvest International?
Sustainable Harvest International is an officially recognized beneficiary of ALL Climate Ride events. When you join our team, most of the money you raise comes back to us to protect precious ecosystems by partnering with farmers in Central America. To learn more about our mission, click here. Note: you must designate Sustainable Harvest International when registering for the ride.

How do I join the Sustainable Harvest International team?
We're so glad you asked!

  1. Register here for Pacific Northwest Ride 2017.
  2. Click the orange “Join Our Team” button.
  3. Select "Sustainable Harvest International" as your SOLE beneficiary organization during “Step 2: Registration Details.”

How much money do I need to raise?
That's a great question. Climate Ride asks each rider to raise at least $2800 in order to qualify for the event. We know that may seem like a lot but we assure you, it's not as hard as you might think! With the advice and tools Climate Ride provides (including your own online fundraising page) and our guidance, it's highly likely you will meet and probably exceed the minimum requirement! Once you commit and tell people what you're doing, you'll be amazed at how inspired your friends and community will be to support you.

Team Captain and Board Member Kathleen Roberton stops for a refreshing juice break during a training ride in Mexico City.

Team Captain and Board Member Kathleen Roberton stops for a refreshing juice break during a training ride in Mexico City.

Do I have to train?
We highly recommend training! It can be one of the most rewarding parts of the experience. Just ask our team captain!

Training rides are a great way to get in shape. Perhaps there's a local cycling group you can pedal with. Or, if fellow team members live in your area, you can ride with them. You can always ask your friends and supporters to train alongside you. The more training you do, the better off you'll be on the ride.

That said, you don't have to be a seasoned rider in order to participate--new riders are very welcome!

How hard is Climate Ride Pacific Northwest?
It's totally up to you. Because the route is open all day, you can go at your own speed. You can ride as slowly or as quickly as you like. You can even stop pedaling and hop in the support van at any point during the ride.

How many miles per day?
Mileage on the Pacific Northwest Ride varies from 30 to 90 miles per day. There are shorter options available for each day plus you can always hop in the support van if necessary. Do every inch of road or as much as you like! Learn more about the route here.

What are the fees?
The registration fee is $100. To learn more about what you get in return for signing up, click here.

Should I do it?
If you like physical challenges, pedaling through landscapes of majestic beauty, and making a difference, the answer is probably YES. If you are willing to inspire and be inspired by others, make new friends, and help farmers to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, the answer is probably YES.

Still unsure? You can always ask your local magic eight ball. Or, contact our team captain, Kathleen Roberton with any questions.

Does Climate Ride offer other experiences besides the Pacific Northwest Ride?
Yes! Climate Ride's calendar includes rides (and hikes!) across the country. This year, Climate Ride Pacific Northwest is our main destination, but you are welcome and encouraged to represent Sustainable Harvest International at any other Climate Ride event.

What if I can't ride but want to help out?
Thank you for your generous spirit! You could consider making a donation to our Climate Ride team or to a specific rider on our team. You could also help to spread the word about the event via social media.

Sep 12

Climate Ride: Bar Harbor to Boston

If you love Sustainable Harvest International, sustainable living, getting active, and supporting wonderful causes, please consider joining our Climate Ride team.

Sustainable Harvest International is putting together a team for the Northeast Climate Ride (from Bar Harbor to Boston). We’ll be sharing our mission of how we preserve the environment by partnering with families to improve well-being through sustainable farming. Elliott Powell, our Field Program Director, is our team captain.

We’ll spend five days cruising from Bar Harbor, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts. The folks over at Climate Ride even gave us a gorgeous preview of the ride.

Seem like something you’d like to do? Join our team! It would make us jump for joy to have your ride alongside us or donate to support our team. Interested in sponsoring our team? Get in touch.

7:00 pm19:00

Public Talk at Downeast Audubon

  • Unitarian Universalist Church

This event is brought to you by Downeast Audubon. Sustainable Harvest International President + Founder, Florence Reed will be presenting along with a special video introduction from naturalist Patrick McMillan. Free and open to the public.

The common warbler in your backyard is a world traveler. Many of the bird species so familiar to us here in Maine overwinter in tropical countries like Belize—they spend time around both Mainers and Mayans! Deforestation and conventional farming practices in Belize and elsewhere threaten the habitat of these migratory birds and the future of our planet. But ecological farming practices in Belize can boost the songbird population here in Maine.

Since 1997, Ellsworth-based nonprofit Sustainable Harvest International has partnered with family farmers in Belize and across Central America to preserve the environment and improve well-being through sustainable farming practices that benefit wildlife instead of harming it. Join Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International’s President and Founder, for a multimedia presentation about the connection between Mainers and Mayan farmers. Naturalist Patrick McMillan, host of the PBS series Expeditions with Patrick McMillan will provide a special video introduction for the event.

7:00 pm19:00

Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Soils + Health

  • Belfast Colonial Theatre
Food for Thought, Food for Life

How is the health of our food system connected to the health of our soils? We'll be asking this question and others at an upcoming film screening and panel discussion on Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast.

In partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, we're showing Susan Rockefeller's short new documentary Food for Thought, Food for Life followed by a rich panel discussion featuring Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm, Bennet Konesni of Duckback Farm, Katie Green of MOFGA, and Elliott Powell (our Field Program Director). This event is sponsored by the Belfast Co-op. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

See you there!

2:10 pm14:10

Conference Presentation by Florence Reed at 3rd GRF One Health Summit in Davos Switzerland

  • Davos Congress Center
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Florence Reed will present: Healthy Farms for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet at the 3rd Global Risk Forum One Health Summit in Davos, Switzerland. The forum attracts hundreds of professionals from across the globe, including experts in public health, veterinary medicine, agriculture, food safety and security, biodiversity, sustainable development and ecosystem services.

Reed's presentation will provide an overview of how common farming practices are contributing to environmental and social decay including poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illness, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change. This will be followed by a look at the results of research showing the importance of a global shift to sustainable farming practices and finally a success story or two from amongst the 2,000 Central American farms that have participated in Sustainable Harvest International's sustainable farming extension program. The focus will be on the long-term, integrative approach that links ecosystem health, human health, societal health and a healthy planet.

Read the abstract for Florence's presentation here or a press release, here.

6:00 pm18:00

Public Lecture by Florence Reed: Organic Farming to Feed the World

  • Centenary College (Whited Room in Bynum Commons)
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September 24th, Shrevesport, LA Centenary College hosts sustainability advocate and Wilson Fellow Florence Reed

Florence Reed, president and founder of Sustainable Harvest International, will be in residence September 21-25 as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Centenary College. In addition to workshops for students and faculty, Reed’s visit to Centenary will include a public lecture, "Organic Farming to Feed the World," on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Whited Room in Bynum Commons.

“Florence Reed’s visit will be an exciting complement to ongoing Centenary conversations about the challenge of living a sustainable life in the complex 21st century world,” said Jenifer K. Ward, Provost and Dean of the College. “Through Sustainable Harvest International, Reed has created a platform for linking personal service with global advocacy and action, providing an incredible model for our students as they work to discover their own passions and begin to think about ways they can bring about positive change.”

Read more here.