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Environment & Green Living : Biking to Work

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“Biking to work”.

Tucson is a great town for biking anywhere. I bike to work, to the grocery store, and even for 45 minute trips to school from Valencia to the University of Arizona. I always remember having to share a bike as a kid and vowed then to own my own bike when I became an adult. Though I don’t bike as much now as I always swore I would, I do every now and then. It is a great way to be environmentally conscious and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Biking may seem difficult if you are not used to doing this. It was definitely a difficult thing I had to get used to when I switched from four wheels to two. I, like many other newbies, did not own the proper safety gear like a helmet or pads nor did I have a roadside emergency pack that most experienced bikers often carry. It also took several weeks of trial and error before I overcame Tucson’s many hills and incline roads.

I initially started biking a few weeks after I moved to Tucson from Fort Worth, TX which is a large city, several times the size of itty-bitty Tucson. Fort Worth has the benefit of having freeways and large roads that require a car or truck to get from point A to point B.

Tucson however, is a bit different. It is small and the roads here are generally designed to be cyclist friendly. This is especially true around and near the University of Arizona where cycling is encouraged. The speedy and narrow roads are ideal for cycling but one should always be cautious of cars even when they aren't.

You can follow these pro-tips for beginners created by Steven Pease from The Examiner when you start your new lifestyle as a cyclist. For more info on these, read the full article

I have even included a link to The City of Tucson’s very own webpage that has several bike maps which direct which roads to steer clear from and which ones to hit that top gauge on your two-wheeled speedster. Located here.

Always remember to bike safely, follow the pro-tips, drink plenty of water, and mostly, have fun. I like to use my Spotify account for the most influential biking playlists the app offers and it does in fact help. It is scientifically proven that working out with music can lead to better results and an improved psyche. If you would like to read more about the research that has been done on pairing music with exercise, Scientific American has done a great just with this article “Let's Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music.”

Continue to cycle if you already do so! If you are beginning, don’t become discouraged. I support you in all your cyclist endeavors.

Alfonso Cavada-Tavares

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Social Media Intern.

 

Harvest August 9, 2017

Today we had the pleasure of harvesting with students from the University of Arizona's Public Health department. We assisted the students and volunteer farmers at Felicia's Farm, a nonprofit farm located in Catalina Foothills, Arizona.

Harvesters looking for roots, plants, and leafy-greens this morning

Harvesters looking for roots, plants, and leafy-greens this morning

The first group of volunteers left from the Iskashitaa office at 8 am and the second group followed shortly after.  The farm is located on River Road.  We were assisted throughout the day by the farm's own Ashton Inskeep and Sofia Forier-Montes.

Several volunteers hard at work.

Several volunteers hard at work.

The harvesters enjoyed learning about the items they were collecting as well as proper usage. Sweet Potato leaves & Amaranth. Both of which were in abundance today.

Amaranth leaves

Amaranth leaves

Sweet Potato Leaves

Sweet Potato Leaves

We left the farm after having cleared much of the amaranth and sweet potato leaves. But before we did we made sure to take a group photo right in front of the farm as a testament to the hard work we put in today.

"Say 'Amaranth'!"

"Say 'Amaranth'!"

If you would like to be part of our volunteer and harvesting efforts, feel free to contact the office through the contact tab at the top of our website.

As always, have a great day!

Alfonso Cavada-Tavares

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Social Media Intern