News and information from our partners

Students help garden grow

Trout Lake News for Aug. 2

By the

Trout Lake Newswriters

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

Hard to believe August is here. Gardens are growing high and the weather has truly felt like summer. I myself have spent time down at the CSA Farm with some local and not so local kids. Brooke LeBlanc, a teacher at Hood River Valley High School, brought a wonderful group of 33 migrant middle and high school students to experience the farm.

Also, On July 9 to 13, 10 middle and high school students hailing from Portland, Hood River, Vancouver, Bellingham, and Laguna Beach traveled to Trout Lake to learn about food, farming, and building community during the inaugural Trout Lake Farm to Food Bike Adventure. Hosted by Cascade Mountain Semester (White Salmon) and Oregon Episcopal School (Portland), the Farm to Food Bike Adventure exposed students to organic vegetable, dairy, and meat production through farm visits, daily farm chores, and food-based activities. Students camped at the Trout Lake Abbey, an organic farm and retreat center, and biked each day to meet with local farmers. Highlights included visiting and working with Mountain Laurel Jerseys, Cascadia Creamery, Broadfork Farm, and the Trout Lake CSA Farm. Emily Goodwin, founder and director of Cascade Mountain Semester, was "impressed by the support and warmth of the Trout Lake Community" and "looks forward to sharing the beauty and magic of Trout Lake with more students next summer."

At the end of the week, students reflected on their experience in Trout Lake: "I loved being able to experience a local food community. I learned that food brings people closer together." "I learned that every little thing counts. The transportation, distribution, and consumption of food are all part of a giant web." "I am always going to try to eat organic and pesticide free food."

Scholarships for trip participants were provided by the Orange County Community Foundation.

Cascade Mountain Semester is hosting three more trips around the Gorge this summer that combine outdoor adventure and environmental science. Scholarship funds are available. Please call or email Emily Goodwin at 503-358-1949;

or visit the Cascade Mountain Semester Website: for more information.

Art Council seeking new venue: Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts this year. Sadly the festival will be changing locations, and the Art Council is looking at alternate venues. If you have a location that would be suitable and you are interested in hosting the festival, please contact Laurie Sherburne at 395-2294 to talk about what is needed.

Events coming up include:

The Trout Lake Fair on Aug. 3 to 5. For more information about the fair and contest entries, please contact Ray Thygesen (395-2318) or Sharon Lee (395-3690).

The Wild Woman Trail Marathon and Relay on Aug. 11. You can find more information online at, email, or by calling Betsy (395-2509) or Stephanie (395-2065).


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment


Information from the News and our advertisers (Want to add your business to this to this feed?)