Agricultural Advisory Committee

The Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) is a comprised of Central Oregon farmers and ranchers (two from each county if possible) that work to guide our agricultural support programming.

The purpose of the Agricultural Advisory Committee is to advise the Board and Staff on the direction and success of farm and ranch support programming offered by HDFFA. This includes providing input on HDFFA programs and specific projects including educational events, workshops, and grant objectives that best meet the needs and interests of the Central Oregon farmer and rancher community.

Plants growing in a high tunnel - Photo by Daniel Fazio

About the Committee

The Agricultural Advisory Committee was founded in May 2019 as a way for HDFFA to receive direct feedback from the farmers and ranchers it supports. Today, the AAC is comprised of eight HDFFA Partner farmers and ranchers from Central Oregon and a designated Board Member and Staff person. The AAC sets 2-4 priorities each year in relation to current programmatic work.

The Committee is made up of a majority of farmers and ranchers from each county (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson) with representation from both beginning and experienced producers and small- and medium-scale operations. All members have a working knowledge of the organization’s mission, programs, and goals. Committee Members commit to a one-year term starting in October with meetings occurring four times per year.

If you’re interested in joining HDFFA’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, please email Annie at annie@hdffa.org.

2021 AAC Goals and Outcomes

  • Goal 1: Improved collaboration amongst producers to encourage networking and problem solving

    • Outcome 1: Two networking opportunities for Central Oregon farmers and ranchers by the end of 2021
  • Goal 2: The broader Central Oregon community is more educated about local foods

    • Outcome 2:¬†Alliance-supported social media, website, and newsletter campaign under the Get a Taste brand that educates people on local food basics for Central Oregon
  • Goal 3: Improved marketing efforts for local food producers to Central Oregon customers

    • Outcome 3: Multi-series workshop on how to build and execute a comprehensive marketing strategy offered to partners

Current Members

  • Ashley Petersen
    Ashley Petersen Sungrounded Farm
  • Danae Miller
    Danae Miller Vaquero Valley Ranch
  • Gia Matzinger
    Gia Matzinger Deschutes Canyon Garlic
  • Jenna Pike
    Jenna Pike Splitting Aces Livestock and Farm
  • Jim Crocker
    Jim Crocker Crown C Farms
  • Katia Steckly
    Katia Steckly Double F Ranch
  • Sarahlee Lawrence
    Sarahlee Lawrence Rainshadow Organics
  • Victoria Tranca
    Victoria Tranca Cascade Mountain Pastures

Annie Nichols, HDFFA Agricultural Support Manager – Committee Chair
Tracy Wilson, Oregon State University Extension – Board Liaison

Past Members

Cate Havstad Casad – Casad Family Farms
Michael Hueners – Bluestone Natural Farms
Brian Lepore – Golden Eagle Organics
Clare Sullivan – Oregon State University Extension Service
Audrey Tehan – Seed to Table

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