Slow Food, Fast Bike?


One of the values embraced by Splendid Cycles' owners, Barb and Joel Grover, is eating healthy local food.  Barb and Joel intensively farm their small urban lot in order to produce as much of their own fruits and vegetables as possible. They even share their bounty on occasion, offering free veggies from their yard to friends and customers. Yes, having the knowledge, time, or space for growing your own food is often a challenge, and not realistic for everyone. For those lacking a green thumb or a garden plot, supporting a local farm IS the next best thing to homegrown.

What's even better is a local farmer committed to minimizing the use of fossil fuels in delivering his goods to market. So, let us introduce you to Josh Volk of Slow Hand Farm. Slow Hand Farm offers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares in Portland and delivers fresh produce 1-2 times a week to shareholders.

CSAs are on the increase in the US, and certainly not unusual around Portland, Oregon but one thing that makes this CSA unique is Josh's commitment to using hand-scale methods to grow his produce. That's one step he's taking to reduce fossil fuel use. As if that doesn't make him stand out, know too that he is also committed to using bicycles to transport his goods to customers. That's another great way to reduce consumption of fossil fuel. And it makes the pairing of Slow Hand Farm and a Bullitt cargo bike an ideal partnership.

Josh did a very thorough test ride (and review) of the Bullitt cargo bike, and liked it enough to imagine the Bullitt as a new piece of equipment for his farming enterprise. Although the Bullitts are known for being fast cargo bikes, they are also known for their ability to carry heavy loads (up to 400 lbs), to be very efficient and comfortable for long trips (it's approximately 20 miles from Portland to Slow Hand Farm), and for being quite versatile (Josh will use the bike for farm and personal use). With the BionX PL350 to help with the work, his new John Player Spezial becomes the perfect farm "truck." Soon (immediately in fact) the Bullitt will be making trips between Portland and Sauvie Island, carrying Josh to the farm, and produce into Portland.

While there are many small local businesses embracing cargo bikes, Josh is one of the first cargo bike-riding local farmers we know of. We're glad that he has that kind of imagination and commitment. We hope his dedication to quality food production, delivered by earth-friendly means, will inspire you. Visit his website and support his farm. Or, if you live outside of Portland, seek out a farmer in your area and support them.

Who's your farmer?