In collaboration with Rising Sand Organics Cooperative Farm and White Feather Organics, Midwest Renewable Energy Association brings you the Central Sands Bike Tour! On Saturday, August 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. we will be leading a 21 mile bike ride* showcasing renewable energy and sustainable agriculture initiatives in the rolling hills of Central Wisconsin. We are pleased to give you an opportunity to connect with local farmers who prioritize mindful land practices as well as learning more about our Renew the Earth Institute in Custer, WI.
*If riding in from Stevens Point, the loop will be closer to 40 miles.
– 25 seats open for the ride! – Must own your own bicycle and helmet. –
If you’d like to help out with the ride, please RSVP to volunteer here!
Lost Creek Wetlands
9 a.m. | Meet and begin tour
The Lost Creek Wetlands are the result of an 350-acre wetland mitigation banking project. Mitigation banking is the process of preservation, restoration, enhancement, or creation of an aquatic ecological community.
Parking available; drive out with your bike or add some miles to your ride and bike from home!
Arrive ~ 9:45 a.m.
Rising Sand Organics is “Creating a space for people to learn skills for living an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, healthy, fun life with a truly fulfilling individual purpose.” In practice, they “produce food organically & use a cooperative management structure.” Follow a few of the member-owners as they guide you through their cooperatively managed, ecologically-minded farm. Each year, RSO hosts working CSA (community supported agriculture) members who assist with farming activities in exchange for fresh produce. They are also the master-minds behind the curbside compost collection program throughout the greater Stevens Point area.
Arrive ~ 12:00 p.m.
~Healthy soil ~ Healthy water ~ Healthy people ~
WhiteFeather Organics farm offers fresh certified Organic produce for the local community. They offer CSA shares of the farm’s finest produce. They raise pastured, organic fed animals, and welcome wholesale accounts.
Lunch will be served after the tour.
Renew the Earth Institute
Arrive ~ 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a tour of Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Renew the Earth Institute! This property serves as our demonstration site, educational facility, location of The Energy Fair, and headquarters. It’s powered by an assortment of renewable systems including solar electric, solar hot water, solar hot air, wind, and EV charging.
We’ve put together a packing list to keep you safe, healthy and energized for our bike tour. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 715-592-6595.
- REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES/RESERVOIRS – There will be opportunities to fill up on water at each of the stops.
- EXTRA SNACKS – We will have some protein bars available throughout the ride and lunch will be served, but listen to your body!
- SAFETY GEAR – Helmet, reflective clothing, close-toed shoes; we will be riding on some busier roads.
- SUN PROTECTION – Sunscreen, hat, clothing that covers the skin.
- PERSONAL FIRST AID SUPPLIES – We will have several first aid packs along for the ride, but it never hurts to bring your own.
- PERSONAL BIKE MAINTENANCE GEAR – Though we will have some folks along on the ride with this knowledge/gear, we encourage you to come prepared as well.
- RAIN GEAR because the event happens RAIN or SHINE!
- CAMERA or SMART PHONE to take lots of photos.
- YOUR QUESTIONS & CURIOSITY are very welcome. Pencil, pens, and paper are good items to bring to take notes during the tours.
- MOST OF ALL WE WANT YOU TO BRING YOUR POSITIVE, READY-TO-SWEAT ATTITUDE!
Though the MREA staff will be following masking and social distancing protocols and we encourage attendees to do so as well, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. By submitting your ticket order and being in close approximation to other bike riders, volunteers, farmers, farm animals, and MREA staff, you and your guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.