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Cyclists Put Spotlight on Local Foods Vlovement Photo by Linda Collier ROBERT DUBOIS AND AARON ZUECK (on the right) Have cycled across the U.S. this summer attending potlucks where they describe the virtues of local foods. bers. Not everything, of course, was made with lo- cally grown produce. How- ever, some food was, and the potluck venue provided end- less opportunity to discuss food, growing food, gardens and orchards. Liz gave tours of her gar- den and discussed Oregon Rural Action, a group that promotes locally grown food. Liz also has started a web site,, which promotes locally grown and produced food. Aaron and Robert hail from Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, D.C, although they were raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming and Glen- wood Springs, Colorado. At the potluck, they talked about their trip, which started at the end of April in Hardwick, Vermont. Hardwiek is some- times called the epicenter of the local food movement. Since April, they have biked across America and attended approximately 20 potlucks. They were especially im- pressed with the area from central Illinois to Minneapo- lis, which they christened "potluck alley," as that was the place where they had had the highest concentra- tions of potlucks. The ride through South Dakota was especially hard, as they ex- perienced not only headwinds and endless miles of flat, boring terrain, but also food deserts - places where access to fresh foods was nonexistent. They said they ate many candy bars in South Dakota. The Spence Farm, a cen- tury farm that has gone from raising grain and corn to be- by Linda Collier of the Hells Canyon Journal When I first heard about two bicyclists who were riding their bicycles across the coun- try and calling the trip, "Pot- ................. ..... luck across America," my first thought was, "what a great scheme to get good food!" However, when I talked to, the two bicyclists, I under- stood the real meaning of why they were taking this trip. They are taking 100 days to ride across America to cap- ture and share stories of the local food movement. They do this by helping host a pot- luck in communities to help promote conversations about locally produced food. Their idea is to bring people to- gether to talk about food, over food, in their communities. They hope that folks will make some new connections, share some new ideas, and either start or continue to take action around food. So on Saturday night at Mary and Liz McClellan&apos;s they did just that. Liz had learned of their ride and cam- paign through Twitter, and had followed their progress across the country through Facebook and their website, She invited them to stay in Halfway and help host a potluck at her and Mary's place. Approximately 20 people attended and brought green salads topped with tiny flow- ers, deviled eggs, rhubarb/ strawberry crisp, chocolate cake, roasted garlic, barbe- cued chicken and cucum- coming"food farmers ," hosted a potluck in central Illinois. The Spence Farmers are members of a cooperative, "Stewards of the Land," which was formed to help traditional farmers become food farm- ers. Food from these farms is frequently sold directly to restaurants in Chicago. Aaron and Robert also talked about the biking ex- perience. They were asked about how much training they did before starting the ride. They said they felt training was a waste of time, just get on the bike and ride. However, they did experi- ence some knee problems while riding through the steep hills of New York state. Near White Bird, Idaho, they rode through a swarm of bees. Comingup from Hells Can- yon, on their way to Halfway, Aaron mentioned he rode alongside a butterfly for about 30 feet. At that moment he thought, "What a great way to see the country, at the speed of a butterfly!" They had attended a pot- luck in Boise, Idaho prior to coming to Halfway, and were on their way to a potluck in Moscow, Idaho on August 3rd. Following that potluck, they will ride to Portland, Oregon, for one final pot- luck. Aaron will fly back to Brooklyn, New York to con- tinue working for a nonprofit dealing with local foods. Robert will ride down to San Francisco for one more pot- luck and to work on a farm near there. Juried Art Exhibition Opening Rece[rlion Friday ArtsEast announced last week that its fifth biannual "Artists of Eastern Oregon 20"10" juried art exhibition will be held at Nightingale Gallery on the Eastern Or- egon University campus in La Grande, Oregon. Featuring the works of 30 local and regional artists, the exhibition will award up to four "Honored Artists" and up to four "Juror's Choice" with cash awards totaling $1,200. Awards will be pre- sented during the Opening Reception on August 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Night- ingale Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on display through Sep- tember 11, 2010 at Nightin- gale Gallery on EOU cam- pus. Works including photogra- phy, fiber, welded steel, graphite, batik watercolor, sagger-fired clay, watercolor, oil, acrylic, color pencil, char- coal, raku, fused glass and mixed media will be on dis- play. Participating artists in- clude: Nancy Allen, Kathy Benson, Sharol Chandler, Jan Clark, Sam Collett, Marcia Cook, Mona Dinger, James Dumble, Levi Edval- son, Karen Erickson, Steve Feldman, Michael Gove, Don Gray, Cynthia Hickey, Bob Jensen, Linda Jones, Joe Kennedy, Karen Kevan, Linda Lyman, David Mem- mott, Sue Orlaske, Linda Peterson, Linda Schreiner, Sharon Schultz, Judy Seydel, Denise Elizabeth Stone, Toni Whittall, Leslie Wood, Ruth Yeates, and Sandra S. Zimmer. In conjunction with the Artists of Eastern Oregon 2010, ArtsEast will also present three professional development workshops for anyone who wishes to at- tend. Topics of the work- shops are: "The Art of Cus- tom Framing," "Website De- velopment for Artists" and "The Artist's Blog." Each workshop costs $10 and will be 45-50 minutes long. Pre- registration is not required, but highly recommended to ensure a spot in the class. Please contact ArtsEast for times and locations. ArtsEast is the home of Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, and is located in La Grande, Oregon. Since its inception in 1977 as a non-profit organization, ArtsEast has delivered arts education and outreach pro- grams to regional schools and communities and hosted visual arts exhibitions and performance series. Arts- East has also been the hub of arts information and a resource for fostering the de- velopment of rural arts and cultural organizations. ArtsEast's service region includes the 10 most east- Weather by George Dyke July - August High Low Precip 26 93 55 trace 27 91 59 0.15 28 88 47 trace 29 96 46 0.00 30 97 50 0,00 31 96 52 0,00 1 91 48 0.00 73-Year Weather Records for the same dates 1936-2009 . Yearin () Avg. Max. Min. Avg. Max. Min. High High (Yr.) High (Yr.) Low Low (Yr.) Low (Yr.) 92 104 (37)73 (93) 49 64 (39) 38 (69) 92 102 (68)72 (40) 50 67 (37) 40 (93) 92 102 (99)66 (48) 49 69 (39) 35 (59) 91 103 (03)71 (50) 50 70 (39) 36 (59) 91 104 (03)71 (01) 49 68 (39) 36 (63) 91 104 (00)70 (37) 49 65 (39) 36 (45) 91 101 (03)74 (60) 48 62 (76) 35 (93) High temperature during the month of July was 99 on the 25th. Low was 35 on the 14th. Precipitation during the month totaled 0.22 inches. ern counties in Eastern Or- egon. 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