Bike to Barns event in Missoula opens to participants

Missoula is nicknamed the “Garden City” for a reason, and a local nonprofit is helping people get a workout and see those gardens for themselves.

The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition launched its fifth annual Bike to Barns event in late August and the event is open to participants until Sept. 24.

Sara Lamar, left, education director at Swan Valley Connections, a nonprofit out of Condon that focuses on conservation and stewardship, picks a pear from a tree at Tower Gardens on Aug. 25 while Swan Valley Connections bikers get a tour of the farm during their first stop of Bike to Barns. The annual event celebrates five years with 15 local farm and food stops in Missoula through Sept. 24. Bike to Barns is organized by the nonprofit Community Food and Agriculture Coalition.


Bikers can sign up and take a self-guided tour of 14 local farm stops through Missoula’s Orchard Homes, Target Range and Big Flat neighborhoods. This year’s event features new farm stops and a new schedule of on-farm events.

Kari Brittain, a local farmer, said

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