Collaborative Projects

Collaborative Projects

Food and community are the heart of our mission.  We work in concert with Central Oregon farms, businesses and organizations to implement projects, initiatives, networking events and conferences to create a more healthy and vibrant food and farm community.  By working with our partners, we increase the success of our projects and decrease duplication of resources.  Many of our projects are grant driven and are meant to infuse the region with resources and capacity support.

Below you will find three sections: Current projects focused on agriculture and food access and past projects.

Current Projects: Agriculture

Season Extension mini-Grants

HDFFA is committed to supporting farms in our region and improving access to more fresh and local food.  We are excited to offer mini-grants for farmers to build or improve greenhouses or high/low tunnels through the Growing it Forward project funded by USDA from 2017-2019.  Learn more about this project…

Workplace CSA

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…


The Crooked River Open Pastures (CROP) farm events are held each summer on select Saturdays in Crook County. HDFFA partnered with the Crook County Small Farm Alliance to support the expansion of these events and improve on-farm viability. Find out more…

High Desert Educational Agricultural Tours (EATs) farm tours are held during the summer in Jefferson County. HDFFA partnered with a dedicated group of farmers and community members to improve the awareness of farming in the county through educational on-farm tours.

Current Projects: Food Access

  • Staple ingredients
  • Fresh vegetables
  • A recipe card
  • Spice mix

Food Pantry “Fresh Harvest Kit”

Ready to make meal-kits combine staple items with fresh food that is often delivered to people’s home.  We decided to take this model and create a pilot program called Fresh Harvest Kit.  This project is being implemented at two Sisters food pantries where Seed to Table farm donates fresh vegetables, recipients choose staple items, and HDFFA provides recipes and a pre-made spice kit mixed and donated by Savory Spice.  Our goal is to develop a model that can be replicated at other pantries in Central Oregon and throughout the nation.  Funded by USDA Community Food Project grant (2017-2020). Learn more…

  • Foods donated
  • Reduce waste
  • Feed people
  • Educate consumers

Food Recovery

New in 2018, we are teaming up to reduce food waste by diverting edible food to local hunger relief agencies. We work with COCC’s Sydexo Food Services and Professor Murphy to provide pre-made food to The LOFT, with NeighborImpact to connect ready-to-heat and eat foods with hunger relief agencies, and The Environmental Center with their food waste reduction program to perform food audits at schools.  Funded by USDA Community Food Project grant (2017-2020)

Nutrition Programs, how they help us

In 2017, HDFFA partnered with Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council to assess the current state of Nutritional Programs in Central Oregon.  The goal was to better understand 1) how residents want to improve their own health, 2) how they access programs and information, 3) how health care practitioners provide the information and, 4) the barriers to accessing or providing these programs.  An outcome of this project was the new prescription program, Veggie Rx. To learn more about this project, click here.

Full Report and Executive Summary

Local Food Challenge

The Local Food Challenge connects you with your food! Each year we ask you to eat, buy, find or write about local food every day and learn more about Central Oregon’s bounty along the way!  #tastecentraloregon #HDFFA  Learn more…

Past Projects

A fall food celebration where HDFFA restaurant Partners featured high desert ingredients in their meals. We organized these events to highlight restaurants who worked with local farms and to give the public an opportunity to taste local food.  Sadly, these events didn’t attract as many consumers as we had hoped for.  Look for different events in the future where we highlight our amazing Partners.

We invite you to continue celebrating Central Oregon’s bounty and the hardworking farmers, ranchers, and crafters behind it all.

In 2010, four organizations hosted the first Food Summit in 2010, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, OSU Extension Service, NeighborImpact and Wy’East RC&D.  This marked the transition from the research phase of a Central Oregon Food Assessment (CFA) process to action, including the formation of the The Central Oregon Food Policy Council, now HDFFA.

In 2014, a second Summit provided the opportunity for the public, food professionals, CSA members, community organizers, farmers and politicians to celebrate our progress and define the future for healthy, local food in Central Oregon.

Local food connects communities with their farmers, ranchers and is a value that is important yet difficult to measure.  HDFFA, COIC and OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems found that for every $1 spent on local farm food $0.76 stays in the community, and for every 5 farm jobs another 2 jobs are created off-farm jobs.

The study also estimated the potential growth in the economy by modeling three scenarios: 1) increasing current production; 2) establishing a food hub; and 3) shifting grocery store purchases of vegetables to locally grown from farmers.

Overall, the report demonstrates that local food producers have an important role in our economy, and that with minor shifts in overall production there could be additional jobs and revenue throughout the region.

Full Report
Two Page Overview

HDFFA provided free hands-on 6-week beginning gardening course that gave participants the tools they need to start a garden and grow their own food on a budget.  This program is now being implemented by OSU Extension Service. Learn more about our successes…

Skills taught include:

  • How to build a garden
  • Planting, choosing vegetables for our climate
  • Mulching and soil amending
  • Building row covers to extend your growing season
  • Harvesting and saving seeds

Above are projects that HDFFA has proudly developed and/or supported since 2012.

Partners & Funders

  • Agricultural Connnections
  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
  • Crook County Small Farm Alliance
  • Jefferson County EATS Committee
  • HDFFA farmers, ranchers and food business partners
  • NeighborImpact
  • Seed to Table
  • OSU Extension Service
  • OSU Small Farms and Community Food Systems
  • Savory Spice of Bend
  • Sisters Kiwanis
  • Westside Church Bread of Life
  • Wy’East RC&D
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