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. Check back here in the fall or keep an eye on our Farmer Events page for upcoming trainings and events.
Local Food & Farm Promotion
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.
Food and Farm Directory
Your local food connection! 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. Click here for the online guide.
We are excited to help bring fresh, local food straight to your office with our Workplace CSA program. We pair local farmers with busy office employees to provide fresh local food at the convenience of your workplace. Learn more…
Local Food, Locally Grown Marketing Campaign
New in 2020! HDFFA is working with a local marketing agency to develop a communications strategy to promote regional food and farms through our “Enhancing the Value and Supply Chain of High Desert Specialty Crops” project funded by the USDA and the Oregon Department of Agriculture. We have researched the Central Oregon local food marketing landscape through focus groups and surveys, and we are implementing a campaign to grow awareness and consumption of Central Oregon products. Stay tuned for our campaign’s launch along with the Food and Farm Directory in June.
For our suite of other promotional tools and resources, click here.
Season Extension mini-Grants
HDFFA is committed to supporting farms in our region and improving access to more fresh and local food. We offer mini-grants for farmers to build or improve greenhouses or high/low tunnels through the Growing it Forward project funded by USDA from 2017-2020. Learn more about this project…
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 Oregon Department of Agriculture, Community Food Programs Grant. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the ODA.