Silicon Valley homesteaders are opening up their yards to showcase how they have gone from yard to table, providing some of their own food in sustainable ways. Beekeepers, chicken owners, and prolific gardeners are inviting those curious about learning more into their yards to see innovative ways to put food on the table. Also, it’s a great way to see how some neighbors live and to build community connections.
Silicon Valley Tour de Coop is designed as a bike tour (but driving is okay, too, as is scootering) and participants can decide how many homes to visit or whether to go wild and make the full 50 mile visiting trip from Menlo Park to San Jose. Many homes are in large clusters, making it feasible to visit several in a five to seven mile radius. There are 10 different tour plans and the website lists the distance and number of possible stops along the way. For instance, Willow Glen has one loop that is a flat 6.8 mile ride with three coops, Sunnyvale has a longer ride, but has community farms and a Santa Clara University farm tour, and Los Altos/Mountain View have two options ranging from 10-15 miles.
The tour is free, but registration is required. The participating coops are all open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some coops may have picnic spots available, and others may have lemonade stands or snacks for sale.