Andrew's Cycling for Co-operatives adventures have come to a close - read his final blog post here below. If you wish to catch Andrew in person to hear his stories, he will be presenting about his trip this Sunday October 20 in Hamilton at 7pm at The Mustard Seed Co-op's event celebrating co-op week with a film screening of Food for Change, a new documentary about food co-ops in the US.
Me, my bike and my stories have made it back home! What a marvelous summer this has been discovering current and up-and-coming co-operatives across Eastern Canada. There are some awesome folks out there dedicated to doing business a different way trying varying models of commerce while striking a balance environmentally, socially and economically - the three pillars of sustainability.
My short jaunt from Pickering to Windsor was a little fast paced but I still had a chance to relax and enjoy the slow method of travel. I managed to help run a fundraiser, deliver some veggie boxes by bicycle and make some friends along the way! What else does one want from a bicycle trip?
Future plans are in the works. My short term plan is to work with a farm in the Guelph area for the rest of the growing season (frost is coming soon!) and to get some additional experience with animal care taking. Next year will be filled with farming, local food policy and fitting in a few cycling trips here and there! I'm going to continue my research on farm and food co-ops. I will be making an intention to keep in touch with the co-ops that I have met along the way. I want to continue finding areas for collaboration and co-operation.
Thank you to everyone that have allowed me to have such an awesome summer. I have to extend a special thanks to my parents for supporting me throughout the journey. This trip has been a dream come true. Anyone that would like to plan a similar trip, feel free to contact me. I want others to have the opportunity to experience what I experienced!