Food and community are the heart of our mission. We work in concert with Central Oregon farms, entrepreneurs and organizations to implement projects, initiatives, networking events and conferences to create a more healthy and vibrant food and farm community. We collectively market local food and co-promote our amazing small to mid-sized family farmers, provide networking events, training opportunities, and infrastructure grants. If you are a farmer or rancher, click here to explore ways HDFFA can help you!
HDFFA partners with OSU Extension Small Farms Program, Oregon Tilth, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and others to coordinate workshops and hands-on training opportunities for farmers to sharpen their skills on everything from crop planning, to marketing strategies to food safety.
Keep an eye on our Farmer Events page for upcoming trainings and events, and view previous events down and the the right in this page.
HDFFA has provided over $25,000 in greenhouses or high/low tunnels grants through the Growing it Forward project funded by USDA from 2017-2020. Learn more about this project… Outcomes of these grants include:
- Greenhouse management, plant selection and succession planting; and other topics
- Improved viability and profitability
- Increased access to local food by Central Oregon consumers
- Increased amount of fresh food delivered to food pantries/banks
- Self-reliance and confidence in using season extenders
Promoting Local Food
We help consumers that value fresh food and healthy communities to support local farmers by discovering and buying their products. We seek to promote and amplify voices of local farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs. Here’s HOW!
- Food & Farm Directory: This community resource is a guide to over 120 local farms, ranches and food businesses. It is published annually each May and distributed across Central Oregon as an insert in the Bend Bulletin and at 160+ drop sites.
- Producer profiles of all our Partners (2012-2019)
- Chef-Farmer Mixers
- Top 10 seasonality chart (Posters available!)
Get a Taste of This Place Regional Marketing Campaign
Central Oregonians love local food. We know it’s healthier, better-tasting, better for our environment, directly supports our community’s economy, and it connects us to each other.
Look for this logo in stores and restaurants all over Central Oregon – and if you don’t see it, ask if Central Oregon choices are available.
- Look for the “Get a Taste of this Place” logo, and shop with confidence.
- Get Social, and tag #HDFFA and #getatasteofthisplace when with images of local food
For our suite of other promotional tools and resources, click here.
Farm Support Program Coordinator
2020 Farmer Workshops
We schedule workshops for farmers during the months when the days are cold and a farmer’s day is a little more quiet. Many of our classes are taught and organized by OSU Extension, and we thank them for their partnership! We’re making plans for the fall and we’ll be posting interesting webinars this summer too. Please contact Laurie if there is training you would especially like to see.
Past Workshops and events:
- Irrigation for Experienced Farmers
- Know Your Costs to Grow
- Food Innovation Center Road Trip
- Tomato Grafting
- High Tunnel Production with Andrew Mefferd: February 24
- Food Safety and FSMA (with ODA)
- Chef/Farmer Mixer
- Post-harvest handling and quality standards
- Cost of Production, partners: Oregon Tilth and OSU Extension
- Advanced High Tunnel Management, partner: OSU and Extension
- Marketing Channels, partners: OSU Extension, Agricultural Connections, Central Oregon Locavore, and Food4All
Partners & Funders
Funding for a portion of agricultural support projects is made possible by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through a Specialty Crop Block Grant. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.
Funding for Season Extension Grants has been made possible by the USDA Community Food Programs Grant. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the ODA.