Jones Valley Teaching Farm is in the middle of downtown Birmingham, Alabama and is a valuable resource to the community. They have helped improve healthy food access by providing community garden plots to downtown residents and sell their produce on site as well as at the Saturday Farmer’s Market. While they are a production farm, the focus is education programs for children. Seed to Plate is their most well-known program. Students come to the farm for a science based, hands on learning experience where they learn where food comes from. After harvesting seasonal produce, they go into the kitchen to learn about nutrition and make a healthy snack using what they harvested. By the end of the year, they will have had 3,500 students come to Jones Valley Teaching Farm! With the growing demand for Seed to Plate, Jones Valley Teaching Farm is adding to their program equipment and materials.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm has had one of Rock the Bike’s bike blenders for a few years now and love it so much they’re ordering two more with the funding from Junior League! It fits perfectly into the farm and nutrition education program teaching students the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. What’s more impressive to a kid than picking your own fresh strawberries and spinach, then putting them into a blender with juice and pedaling to make themselves a tasty, nutritious smoothie? Jones Valley was invited to a spring festival at another community garden in town and asked to bring the bike blender. Below is a photo of that day:
Jones Valley Teaching Farm also works with a local co-op “Bici” who took old bikes and refurbished them to give to children or those who couldn’t afford a bike. Bici has come to the farm to talk to the kids about bike safety and to do bike tours downtown. The Farm also has a really cool bike plow for the garden!Read More
We had a great event in Viroqua, Wisconsin blending smoothies at our first annual Driftless Music Festival. The [Fender Blender Universale] worked amazingly well, blending up frozen strawberries and ice, and the kids loved it!
– Lynn K.Read More
Berkwood Hedge School has been enjoying our Fender Blender Universale. The EARTH class (2nd grade) was the first group of kids to test-ride our bike blender. They were impressed by its efficiency and enjoyed sharing fruit smoothies during their afternoon break on the playground.
The bike blender was a hit at May 10th’s Bike to Work/School Day! Cyclists who visited the Berkwood Hedge Energizer Station appreciated two flavors of refreshing smoothies. We were surprised to find that kids were equally interested in powering the bike blender as sampling the smoothies.
This year, the EARTH class added a new component to their traditional spring plant sale…bike-blended smoothies! The plant and smoothie sale is a fundraiser for the class’s family camping trip. The school community gathered round to watch the EARTHlings (2nd graders) mix up smoothies and lined-up to purchase them. The sale was a great success!
Thanks so much,
2nd grade teacher
Berkwood Hedge School
Aloha from Hawaii! The Fender Blender Universale is now a member of Lanikai Juice Hawaii, where it has been stirring up a scene around the island. It was even the life of the party at the largest town celebration I Love Kailua.Read More
We have been enjoying our bike powered blender greatly. We used it on Saturday for a Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge Retreat and it will be used again this Thursday for a end of the semester party for our campus bike coop.
-Miwa in MinnesotaRead More
It was great to talk with you the other day and thank you for letting me know about Rock the Bike’s Sponsorship Program. Listed below is the information you requested and attached are some photos from a recent event where we borrowed a Fender Blender Universale from a local organization called People Power who told us all about Rock the Bike. We would really like to be able to have a Fender Blender Universale for our own program because we do a tremendous amount of work with the local schools here in Santa Cruz County, California.
The kids really enjoyed being able to make healthy smoothies as part of their community ride! Our budget is extremely tight and we would love to be able to add this component to our community rides with your support. Bike Smart! is a program of Ecology Action, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting and providing sustainable transportation services to Santa Cruz County residents and businesses. Its other programs include: Bike to Work / School, Folding Bikes in Buses, Zero Interest Bike Loan and Discount Bus Pass.
Bike Smart! Youth Bicycle Safety Program coordinates with schools and community organizations to teach bicycling skills to Santa Cruz County youth. We offer class room presentations, bicycle rodeos (bike skill obstacle courses), and community rides.
The Bike Smart! program has established several health and safety related goals.
-Reduce the collision rates of young bicyclists
-Increase safe, legal bicycling practices among youth
-Increase use and proper fit of bicycle helmets
-Advocate and empower youth to use bicycles for transportation
-Promote exercise and healthy life-styles through bicycling
-Educate youth to Share the Road as bicyclists and as future motorists
-Inform participants of local bicycling resources: bicycle routes,
organizations and events
-Generate interest in safe, recreational bicycling
Local companies and organizations sponsor Bike Smart! financially and by contributing products and services. Our sponsors include: the Bicycle Trip, Santa Cruz County Cycling Club, Cyclists for Cultural Exchange and Bell Sports.
For more information on BikeSmart! check out our website www.bikesmart.org on the home page there are photos and a story about our community ride with Bay View Elementary where we used [the Rock the Bike] blender.
Thank you for your consideration of our request and please let me know if you have any other questions regarding our program.