Hosts

Each day, our riders will be hosted by a different farmer, nonprofit, business, or other organization in the towns and rural areas through which we will travel. The idea is that each new stay with a different producer, distributor, activist, or stakeholder in our food system will prompt new and interesting conversation about the multi-faceted way in which we eat.

This page gives an overview of each host along the way, with more details about our experiences available on the blog.

Week One: June 26- July 3
Week Two: July 4 – July 10
Week Three: July 11 – July 17
Week Four: July 18 – July 24
Week Five: July 25 – July 31
Week Six: August 1 – August 7
Week Seven: August 8- August 14
Week Eight: August 15 – August 21
Week Nine: August 22 – August 26

Week One:

June 26th– Portland, OR (orientation day)
Host: Julian Kegel
Role in the food system: Supportive family member. Julian is the brother and son of two riders on our trip. He conveniently lives at the tour’s point of origin and is generously donating lots of floor space and a home environment for our riders to meet one another and kick off their trip.

June 27th– Wahsougal, WA (first day of riding)
Host: Beacon Rock State Park

June 28th– White Salmon, WA
Host: Erica, from warmshowers.org

June 29th– Goldendale, WA
Host: A makeshift tent city in Brooks Memorial State Park in the Yakima Valley region
Role in the food system: Home to the greatest concentration of Washington’s wineries and vineyards and gets bragging rights as the first established viticultural area in the state. And for those who think beer and wine can’t coexist- Yakima Valley also grows 80% of hops in the U.S. We’ll be camping out and soaking in the scenery near one of the prominent peaks of this beautiful region.

June 30th– Grandview, WA
Host: Heavenly Hills Harvest
Role in the food system: A young transition farm that is slowly expanding from a test garden and has just recently started to offer “garden shares” through a CSA model. Heavenly Hills Harvest grows root crops, herbs, greens, squash, and a few types of melons.

July 1st– Kennewick, WA
Host: Puddle Ducks Herb Farm
Role in the food system: Puddle Ducks grows a variety of herbs that can be used to cook, make crafts, and brew tea. They also grow and sell flowers and have a cutting garden where customers can harvest their own flowers, herbs, fruit, or vegetables. The photos and descriptions on their website suggest they have some beautiful garden landscapes.

July 2nd– Dayton, WA
Host: Monteillet Fromagerie
Role in the food system: Produce artisan cheeses with the help of special breeds of sheep and goats that produce milk high in butter-fat. Monteillet Fromagerie lists the expansion of local markets and interaction with visitors, interns, and school children as a priorities in their “Ideas, Objectives, and Direction” statement.

July 3rd– Clarkston, WA
Host: Iris Test Gardens
Role in the food system: Our food focus takes a brief hiatus so that we can check out several hundred varieties of iris grown at this test garden.

Week Two:

July 4th– Lewiston, ID (rest day)
Host: Hells Gate State Park

July 5th– Kawiah, ID
Host: Town park in Kawiah, ID

July 6th– Clearwater National Forest, ID
Host: Jerry Johnson Campground (conveniently close to hot springs)

July 7th– Lolo, ID
Host: Lolo Creek Campground

July 8th– Missoula, MT
Host: Clark Fork Organics
Role in the food system: An urban family farm with nearly twenty years of experience with greens, vegetables, and cut flowers. The owners joined other Missoula-area farmers to create a “Homegrown” label as a replacement to the USDA’s national organic certification program. They founded their label with an aim of higher quality and helping customers recognize local products. Their efforts are described in an Orion article.

July 9th– Missoula, MT (rest day)
Host: Clark Fork Organics (kind enough to let us stay an extra night)

July 10th– Ovando, MT
Host: Krutar Ranch
Role in the food system: Once a cattle ranch, this expansive piece of property is now used mostly for hay. The owners rent out a cabin to fishermen.

Week Three:

July 11– Helena, MT
Host: Jessie, a friend of AERO (Alternative Energy Resources Organization)

July 12– Helena National Forest, MT
Host: Skidway Campground

July 13– Two Dot, MT
Host: McFarland White Ranch
Role in the food system: A fourth-generation family farm, the cattle at McFarland’s rely on hay, barley, and grass grown on the ranch before being shipped to a feedlot. McFarland’s also runs a lodge for visitors- quite the switch from the property’s early days as “a rather shady place, an outlaw stop on a rustling trail.”

July 14th– Roundup, MT
Host: Badger Rock Farm
Role in the food system: Specialize in chickens raised on pasture and Montana grains in addition to naturally grown herbs, vegetables, and salad mix. Badger Rock sells eggs and produce at a farmer’s market and on-site at the farm. This farm is only in its second or third year of production on characteristically difficult soil.

July 15– Ingomar, MT
Host: Jersey Lilly Campground

July 16– Miles City, MT
Host: Trinity Lutheran Church

July 17– Miles City, MT (rest day)
Host: Trinity Lutheran Church

Week Four:

July 18– Plevna, MT
Host: South Sandstone Reservoir

July 19– Bowman, ND
Host: Butte View Campground

July 20– Lemmon, SD
Host: Cacey’s Cozy Campground

July 21– North Dakota/South Dakota border
Host: Standing Rock Indian Reservation

July 22– North Dakota/South Dakota border
Host: Standing Rock Indian Reservation (rest day)

July 23– Selby, SD
Host: Rosin Organics
Role in the food system: Rosin Organics is a certified small grain farm and cattle ranch. They also have goats, chickens, geese, ducks, and a cow used to produce a variety of food products.

July 24– Aberdeen, SD
Host: Myna Lake

Week Five:

July 31– Winona, MN
Host: Winona Farm
Role in the food system: Winona Farm has a variety of free range livestock including ducks, geese, chickens, goats, and sheep. Two trout streams flow through the property, which is also used to grow hay. Much of the Winona Farm property is set aside for an assortment of wildlife. Laslty, the farm opens up it compost pile to the city and area residents, in an exchange that promotes proper waste disposal and richer soils.

Week Six:

August 1– Westby, WI
Host: Lindevig Family Farm
Role in the food system: This farm belong to the relatives of Amy, one of our riders. Its land is currently leased to grow conventional corn and soybeans. The farm has been in the family for nearly a century.

August 2nd– Viroqua, WI (rest day)
Host: Little Valley Farm

August 3rd– Dodgeville, WI
Host: Simple Earth Hops
Role in the food system: Source of local hops to Wisconsin’s brewmasters. And where would Wisconsin be without its beer? In a dark, dark place, indeed. Simple Earth Hops is a brand-new business, with 2010 as its inaugural year of supplying regional craft brewers with several varieties of hops. The grand opening of their hopyard will be just three days before we roll into town.

August 4th– Oregon, WI
Host: Hidden Oaks Apiary
Role in the food system: The taste of the honey produced by Hidden Oaks honeybees encompasses the assortment of wildflowers, fruit, and farm crops on surrounding properties. This business began as a way to pollinate the hobby crops of the owners, but quickly morphed into sales as the owners harvested overwhelming amounts of honey.

August 5th– Dousman, WI
Host: Good Day Sunshine Organics
Role in the food system: A young vegetable and herb farm, this land recently underwent the transition to organic after a conventional history with prior owners. The 9-acre farm is not certified but does follow organic practices and sells to customers through a CSA.

August 6th-Milwaukee, WI
Host: The Lukic-Kegel household

August 7th– Milwaukee, WI (rest day)
Host: The Lukic-Kegel household

Week Seven:

August 8th– Kent City, MI
Host: Earth Keeper Farm
Role in the food system: Growers of over fifty types of crops using natural methods, including a variety of tomatoes, squash, lettuce, other leafy greens, fruits, and flowers. They list commitments to fair treatment of workers and biodiversity as part of their “growing practices.”

August 10th– Columbiaville, MI
Host: Three Roods Farm
Role in the food system: Producer of organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, poultry, lamb, and raw honey using a combination of biodynamic, and permaculture techniques. 3RF runs their CSA through a “Subscription Garden” in which shareholders visit the farm each week to help harvest, as opposed to many CSA models in which food is delivered to customers. The owners of 3RF have reforested 11 acres of their land out of concern for global warming.

August 11th– Port Huron, MI
Host: Domaine Bell Family Farm
Role in the food system: Raise livestock that is treated humanely, fed natural diets, and kept free of antibiotics. Their animals include hogs, turkeys, and chickens. Domaine Bell is also home to a petting farm used to teach about responsible animal husbandry, particularly for school tours.

Week Eight:

August 16th– Niagra, NY
Host: Fairwind Farm
Role in the food system: Grows a variety of produce and herbs, specializing in rare and heirloom varieties.

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