On Wednesday, July 24th, Co-cycle, a youth-led, bike-powered tour linking cooperatives across the United States, is once again visiting Viroqua! Come out to the VFC and celebrate their arrival that day from 4:30-8pm in the store parking lot. Meet the members of Co-Cycle and learn about a number of the wonderful cooperatives in and around Viroqua.
Pick up an Organic Prairie Grass Fed Beef Hot dog off our grill. Enjoy music by local band the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers & Friends from 6-8pm! Proceeds from food sales benefit Co-Cycle. Proceeds raised during the event will be matched (up to $500) by Organic Valley.
In light of 2012 being International Year of the Cooperative, 18 college-aged students rode their bikes from San Francisco, California to Amherst, Massachusetts as part of Co-cycle to draw attention to cooperative businesses over the course of the summer. Along the way, they visited and learned about cooperatives and spread the word about how cooperatives represent a different way of doing business.
After the success of their 2012 tour, a main group of planners kept the Co-cycle dream alive by organizing and riding in Co-cycle 2013. Touring from June 6th through August 26th, this year’s group of 12 riders and planners are traveling from Seattle, Washington to Boston, Massachusetts to continue their collective education on cooperative businesses while spreading the word about the benefits of them. Fortunately for us, Co-cycle is passing through Viroqua on July 24th.
From the onset, Co-cycle has been a student-led idea motivated by a wide range of intersecting passions. As the youth of North America, members of Co-cycle 2013 face a world full of complex problems whose solutions, they assert, will require imaginative, creative, and social justice-oriented thinking. They are motivated to learn, and to teach others, about why cooperatives have increasingly become recognized for their ability to address complicated and interconnected local and global issues. They are driven by hope and inspiration to build a better world!
For more info on Co-cycle 2013, their project, and to follow their journey, visit their website or check out their facebook page.