We value the farmers and ranchers who grow, raise and produce food and care for the land and animals with dignity and respect, and in a way that nourishes our community. We support these producers to be more viable through education, funding, marketing, and relationship building. We specifically aim to improve their business and technical skills while building awareness about them and their products to the broader community; foster and develop relationships throughout the local food system; and help producers to secure funding through a variety of channels.
Learn more about our Agricultural Support projects by clicking the bars below:
We help Central Oregon farmers and ranchers to learn about how to access and secure funding through HDFFA grant and relief programs and other public and private sources.
We improve consumer awareness of local producers through collaborative marketing efforts with farmers, ranchers, grocers, food businesses, and tourism organizations.
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
HDFFA is proud of the many programs it has been able to offer over the years. While these initiatives are no longer in operation, you can still read about them below.
TheFarm and Ranch Resiliency Award was an opportunity for HDFFA to showcase what makes our agricultural producers and their operations resilient. From production challenges to market disruptions and climate change, producers are faced with volatility in all aspects of their business. This award highlighted the HDFFA Partners who incorporated resilience into their business plan and educated the community on what sustainable farming truly means.
Hailstorm Emergency Relief Fund: After a devastating hailstorm and tornado hit the region of Central Oregon in 2020, HDFFA put together an Emergency Relief Fund with donations from a private donor and community members to provide emergency relief funding for farms and ranches that sustained major damage during the storm. A total of $14,000 was distributed to farmers and ranchers to rebuild lost infrastructure.
Workplace CSA Program paired local farmers with busy office employees to provide fresh local food at the convenience of their workplace. Employees sign-up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share through their employer and during the summer they received fresh vegetables delivered each week. If you want to start one of these on your own, check out our Workplace CSA Toolkit!
Past Workshops: We’ve hosted many different workshops and classes over the year. Some of those are recorded and you can access them below:
- Informational Webinar on the PNW CSA Coalition
- Regenerative Agriculture and Plant Identification
- Panel Discussion: Small-Scale Farming and Water Use in the Deschutes Basin
- Rotational Grazing and Pasture Management
- High Desert Food Trail Workshop, Session 1: Culinary & Agritourism and Regional Resource Panels
- High Desert Food Trail Workshop, Session 2: Building the High Desert Food Trail
- Social Media and Marketing Strategies for Farmers and Ranchers (3 sessions)
- Value-Added Producer Grant Overview and Best Practices
- Funding 101 for Farmers and Ranchers
- NRCS Programs for Farmers and Ranchers
- Demystifying Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2)
- Irrigation Techniques and Troubleshooting for Experienced Farmers
- Know Your Costs to Grow
- Food Innovation Center Road Trip
- Tomato Grafting
- High Tunnel Production with Andrew Mefferd
- Food Safety and FSMA (with ODA)
- Post-Harvest Handling and Quality Standards
- Cost of Production Workshop
- Advanced High Tunnel Management
- Marketing Channels
Partners & Funders
Funding for our Agricultural Support program and associated projects is supported by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development Program Grant.
A total of 5% of this grant is reserved to support the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, a working ranch that restores purpose and spirit to veterans of all ages.
Oregon Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant
- Tourism Destination Development
- Wine Country License Plate Matching Grant