TTU professor to ride 2011 miles for the SPFB farm - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TTU professor to ride 2011 miles for the SPFB farm

Susan Tomlinson, images from SPFB/ Susan Tomlinson, images from SPFB/

By South Plains Food Bank | Posted By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (PRESS RELEASE) - TTU Professor, Susan Tomlinson, is determined to ride 2011 miles this year to benefit the South Plains Food Bank farm. Tomlinson already has over 25 people pledging a penny-a-mile on her blog and that number is growing everyday. This local author has found a unique way to give back while combining her love of gardening, cycling, community and sustainability.

"You think about the things you want to give back to…the things you are passionate about…and then how you can combine them," said Tomlinson, who will double her average 1,200 per/year miles this year through The Bike Garden Challenge. "This is a commitment for me! People are depending on me!"

To take The Bike Garden Challenge and pledge at least a penny-a mile- visit and leave a comment specifically stating your intent to pledge. Then track Tomlinson's miles throughout the year.

"I am really excited about this," said SPFB Farm, Orchard, and GRUB Division Director Jenifer Smith. "I think it is amazing how Susan has managed to find a way to think outside the box and give back to something in her community that she has become enthusiastic about. I also love how she has found a way to include others in her venture to transform something as ordinary as a bicycle commute into something extraordinary and life-changing."

Funds from the pledges will go directly to the SPFB farm. According to Smith, $20.11 would buy ten pairs of gloves for the GRUB kids, $500.00 would purchase vegetable seed; $1,000.00 organic fertilizer; $2,500.00 would provide one GRUB kid a summer stipend; $6,000 would assist with well and pump maintenance, and $10,000 would send ten GRUB kids to their national Rooted in Community conference.

Contact SPFB Media Liaison Vangelia Perryman at 806-535-4346 or visit for more information on The Bike Garden Challenge.

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