Calling all cyclists with a love for local food

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June, 2014


Riding on Hope 
The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal
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In this month's issue...
  1. Pedal to Plate Tour discount
  2. Notes from the road! Updates from our West Coast Tour
  3. Call out for East Coast connections
  4. Ottawa bicycle tour this weekend in support of Otesha
  5. How to set yourself up for cycling success
  6. Last Word


Save 15% off the program cost of Otesha’s July Pedal to Plate Tour

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Calling all bike-loving foodies! It’s Bike Month, and to celebrate, we’re offering 15% off the program fee for our July 18-26 Pedal to Plate Cycling Tour in the Toronto area. Simply use promo code FRIENDS15 when you apply!

“This is the BEST thing I’ve ever done. It was the most incredible, eye opening experience I’ve ever had. I made friends for life on my tours and gained so much self awareness and knowledge.”

— Frank Lacobucci, 2013 Pedal to Plate Tour Member

We’ve whipped up some sample text for tweets and Facebook posts to make sharing this offer uber easy. We’d love it if you could help us spread the word!


Passionate about local food? The Otesha Project’s Pedal to Plate Tour is happening July 18-26. Spend nine days cycling through the intricate foodscape of the Greater Toronto Area, spending time on organic farms and meeting the people at the forefront of the local food movement.

Use the promo code FRIENDS15 to receive 15% off your tour cost. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early to secure your spot on tour! To learn more, visit

Cyclist with a love for #localfood? Use FRIENDS15 for 15% off @oteshaproject’s July Pedal to Plate Tour in Toronto


Looking for a longer adventure? There are still spots available on our fall East Coast Cycling and Performing Tour happening this September and October.



The West Coast Tour is tearing up the Sunshine Coast!

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The small but mighty West Coast Tour is rocking it in beautiful British Columbia. With more than half the 1,500 km+ journey behind them, the team is hard at work delivering Otesha’s funky brand of eco-education to schools and community groups all along the Sunshine Coast.

Follow their adventures online for all the details!
Want to support Daphne, Seble, Anne, Lara, Annette and Elizabeth’s efforts to inspire Canadians to live more sustainably? Donate to our West Coast Tour campaign!


Call out for East Coast connections


As Emma fleshes out the itinerary for our fall East Coast Cycling and Performing Tour, we'd love to get your input!

Know a school that would be interested in a performance? Got a backyard or other accommodations you could offer the team? Have a cool sustainability project in mind that the tour simply has to check out? Interested in helping out during training week?

We want to hear from you! Get in touch with Emma by emailing


“Open Doors Ottawa” bike tour – Sunday, June 7th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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In the Ottawa area this Sunday? Our friends at Escape Bicycle Tours is hosting a tour in support of The Otesha Project. The 12-stop tour will explore local art, culture, food, nature and history in a fun ride that includes an eclectic selection of Ottawa buildings.

Simply bring your bike and join the ride! There is no cost to this tour, but donations will be accepted for The Otesha Project.

Contact Maria for all the details.


Setting yourself up for cycling success

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We all know the good cycling can do for our waistline, wallet and world. But many people still hesitate when it comes to make their bike a regular part of their routine. As part of Bike Month, Josh from The Otesha Project wrote an article for Alternatives Journal about overcoming some of the common bike-related barriers people face.

Check it out!


Last word

“We are now full fledged bike-pedallin’, thigh-growin’, trailer hitchin’, permaculture pickin’, sunshine coast bedazzlin’, hope stirrin’, sustainability ridin’ ladies.”
– Seble Samuel,
on tour now with Otesha's
2015 West Coast Tour

Read more about Seble’s adventures on our Notes from the Road tour blog.



Peace and bike grease,
The Otesha Project Team

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