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!
I like the “boots on the ground” trainings that HDFFA is rolling out and it is fun to attend in a farmer/rancher capacity with the eye of thinking about how these trainings can improve the CO food community. I challenge you to find one HDFFA partner (myself included) that would not benefit from improving their business skills. I personally believe that creating a strong food system comes from creating strong farm businesses.
-HDFFA Farmer/Rancher Partner, 2021
Promoting Local Food
Central Oregonians love local food. We know that 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 posting images of local food
Highlighting Local Producers
We help consumers that value fresh food and healthy communities 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 Source and at 160+ drop sites.
- Producer profiles of all our Partners (2012-2019 – updating in 2021!)
- Chef-Farmer Mixers
- Top 10 seasonality chart (Posters available!)
We partner 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.
We have provided over $37,000 in greenhouses or high/low tunnels grants through the Growing it Forward project funded by USDA from 2017-2020. Click here to 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
For our suite of other promotional tools and resources, click here.
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 2021and will continue to share educational opportunities as they arise. Please contact Annie if there is a training you would especially like to see.
Past Workshops and events:
- Funding 101 for Farmers and Ranchers
- 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 our farm and ranch support is made possible by the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher grant. Season Extension grants for farmers were funded by USDA Community Food Programs Grant.