"Eating Locally, Thinking Globally" is the topic of the 2003 Winter Fishtrap session to be held Feb. 21-23 at the Wallowa Lake Chalet.

Fishtrap will deal with the changes in the social fabric of the country with the changes in agriculture in the wake of World War II. Not only are agriculture and demographic distances between 1945 and now huge, but so are changes in food appetites and habits.

The growth of world markets that bring fruits, vegetables, spices and specialty foods from around the world at all times of the year, as well as domestic production of such things as "Atlantic" salmon from Pacific sea farms, has greatly diminished the seasonality of foods. Frequent "eating out," from fast food places to fancy restaurants, is another change in the American way of eating.

What and how people eat and where it comes from will be the focus of discussion during Winter Fishtrap weekend.

Presenters and panelists include:

- Naturalist Gary Paul Naban, who tried to "eat locally" for a year, an experience he details in his latest book, "Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods."

- Rancher, writer and radio commentator Diane Joseph Peavey, author of "Bitterbrush Country," who promotes home-grown lamb in food stores and restaurants with the annual Trailing of the Sheep celebration through the resort town of Ketchum, Idaho.

- Leif Christoffersen, who has spent a career in international agriculture, working with growers, scientists and government officials on three continents to develop sensible ag policies and healthy diets.

- Greg Higgins, owner of the award-winning Higgins Restaurant in downtown Portland, which focuses on regional and seasonal Pacific Northwest food products combined with traditional French techniques.

- Lynne Sampson of Joseph, a new Fishtrap Board member and a professional cook/baker whose food writing has appeared in the LA Times, the Washington Post and other publications around the country. She is currently co-authoring a bread cookbook.

Special features of this Winter Fishtrap include a special pre-conference food writing workshop from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, taught by Lynne Sampson; and a Saturday night dinner prepared by Greg Higgins at Russells at the Lake.

Applications are now being accepted for Winter Fishtrap, which has a limited enrollment of 50. Fees for the conference for those who do not require lodging is $260, including six meals; a $60 deposit will hold a spot until Feb. 1. The fee is $400 including two nights single occupancy lodging or $330 each for double occupancy. The workshop is $35 with a class limit of 12.

For more information, call Fishtrap, 426-3623.

Board of director members for the non-profit Fishtrap, Inc. - an organization to promote writing and the discussion of writing about important topics - include president Pam Steele, Al Habegger, Jacki Haggerty, Jean Pekarek, Kim Morris, Mary Louise Nelson, Kathy Hunter, Tim Perales, Stanlynn Daugherty, Benjamin Curry and Lynne Sampson. Staff members are executive director Rich Wandschneider, office manager Frank Conley and education programs coordinator Amy Minato.

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