Live Optimistically, Value the Earth! L.O.V.E more! This is the personal life mandate of Iowan Jeanelle Boyer, who will embark on a "L.O.V.E. Run" across the state of Iowa, beginning on June 22 in Council Bluffs and ending on July 1 in Davenport.
Boyer, 35, who lives in Iowa City, will be running 311 total miles across the state in 10 days, sharing her love of yoga and raising money for two charities along the way. A yoga instructor and assistant professor of biology at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Boyer will also be teaching yoga classes in many of the towns on her route, collecting free-will donations from participants.
She has also set up a webpage for taking donations online, and an anonymous donor has agreed to match every thousand dollars raised. All proceeds will go to Practical Farmers of Iowa and local Slow Food chapters. The site has already raised $980 for Practical Farmers of Iowa four weeks before the event has even begun. You can make a donation to Practical Farmers of Iowa at: http://www.crowdrise.com/LOVE2011/fundraiser/JeanelleBoyer.
Raising funds for Practical Farmers of Iowa and Slow Food USA
Boyer believes in "living lightly upon the Earth," and selected the two organizations for their commitments to healthy land, vibrant communities and wholesome food. "All beings need to eat, and yet the way many practice agriculture isn't sustainable. Although it is providing us with food today, it is sacrificing water and land ecosystems so that in the future, life will not survive," she says. "In fact, already many populations are struggling. But there are better ways, and I'm so happy to be raising funds for Practical Farmers of Iowa and for Slow Food USA, both organizations support sustainable, local foods through research, raising awareness and supporting local farmers and communities."
Boyer will start her journey in Council Bluffs, stopping at Hancock, Adair, Van Meter, Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Iowa City and Wilton, and ending her run in Davenport. (See her complete schedule below.)
While in Des Moines, she will partner with "Yoga in the Park" to co-teach a yoga class on the southeast shore of Grays Lake, Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Practical Farmers of Iowa and Boyer invite anyone who would like to show their support for sustainable agriculture, healthy food and strong communities to join them on a 5K run from Gray's Lake to the State Capitol on Sunday. Interested persons should meet on the southeast shore of Gray's Lake at 7:45 a.m.
Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. PFI farmers produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call 515.232.5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.
L.O.V.E. Run 2011 Schedule
June 21 | 6 p.m.–7 p.m. | Yoga at Lotus House of Yoga in Omaha, NE
June 22 | Run Council Bluffs to Hancock, IA
June 23 | Hancock to Adair, IA
June 24 | Adair to Van Meter, IA
June 25 | Van Meter to Des Moines
June 25 | 9 a.m.–10 a.m. | Yoga In the Park at Gray's Lake followed by picnic with music and
local food organizations
June 26 | Des Moines to Newton
June 27 | Newton to Brooklyn
June 27 | 6 p.m.–7:15 p.m. | Community Yoga at Grinnell Heritage Farm
June 28 | Brooklyn to Willamsburg
June 29 | Williamsburg to Iowa City
June 29 | 7p.m.–8:30p.m. | Community Yoga at College Green Park in Iowa City,
followed by a picnic and music
June 30 | Iowa City to Wilton
July 1 | Wilton to Davenport
July 1 | 6 p.m.–7:15 p.m. | Community Yoga at LeClaire Park in Davenport