Agricultural Support

Agricultural Support Program

HDFFA improves the viability of farmers and ranchers through relationship building and marketing, technical, and capacity support.  We collaborate with regional organizations and agencies to offer workshops, networking events, grants and financial assistance. Our Get a Taste marketing campaign builds awareness of High Desert producers and products to the Central Oregon community.

Funding for HDFFA to offer this support is primarily through the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program.  Projects (listed below) within this program are funded through various public and private grants and donations.  All of our services are offered for free (if funded by a grant) or a small fee to support costs beyond our grant funding.

Projects benefitting Regional Farmers & Ranchers

We offer multiple projects and resources that are developed in collaboration with our Agricultural Advisory Committee who guide us each year to develop relevant projects.  Additionally, in 2021, we developed an Regional Action Plan with input from small to medium-sized farmers and ranchers representing each county.

To learn more about our Agricultural Support projects, click on the topic below.

Contact Info:
Agricultural Support Manager
Andrea Smith

Sign up for HDFFA’s Farmer/Rancher Newsletter here to receive monthly updates on funding, events, and HDFFA opportunities.

Boundless Farmstead

On Farm Efficiency Grant

We are invested in increasing the ability of Central Oregon farmers and ranchers to overcome shocks and strains on their operations by providing financial support for on-farm infrastructure, supplies, and professional development. HDFFA invites producers to apply to our grants when available. Click the link above to learn more.

Regenerative Agriculture Workshop


We create a more connected local food system by facilitating in-person and virtual opportunities for producers, buyers and consumers through our workshops in collaboration with other organizations, such as OSU Extension. Stay up to date by visiting our Events Page or scroll down for a list of previous workshops and recordings.

Networking Night

Networking and Relationship Building

HDFFA offers a variety of ways for Central Oregon farmers and ranchers to get more involved in their community. From Farmer/Rancher Networking Nights, to Chef/Farmer Mixers, our Annual Social, the Agricultural Advisory Committee and more – check our events page to see what’s coming up!

Golden Eagle Organics

Growing Together Mentorship Program

Peer-to-peer mentorship connects experienced with beginning farmers and ranchers to provide improve knowledge sharing of agricultural production, sales, and farm viability. The program is designed to be flexible in order to meet the needs of both the mentors and mentees.  Click link above to learn more.

Roots Wild Flower Farm

Resource Listings

There are so many resources to navigate that we decided to put them all in one place.  This includes Central Oregon specific and national resources for producers.  Sign up for our monthly farmer and rancher newsletter to get the most up to date information in your email!

Get a Taste – Promotional Materials

Get A Taste of This Place is a regional marketing campaign improving access to and education about the benfits of local food from Central Oregon. Need a logo, flyer, traceability stickers or any other promotional resources? Choose what you need from our online storefront for Partners – some materials are provided to you at no cost.

SCP Redmond Rooftop Bar

High Desert Food Trail

The High Desert Food Trail (HDFT) is an agritourism project in partnership with Travel Oregon and Visit Central Oregon highlighting culinary options of Central Oregon. Learn more about HDFT, get on the Trail, and find other examples of regional trails at the link above.

Bend Farmers Market

Food and Farm Directory

This free community resource is produced by HDFFA on behalf of all our Partners who grow, raise and craft local products in the tri-county region of Central Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. To have your business listed, become a Partner.

Past Projects (click + to expand)

Since 2018, HDFFA has invested nearly $100,000 in local producers through efficiency grants, season extension grants, resiliency awards, and emergency relief. Learn more about past programs that have funded farmers and ranchers in Central Oregon.

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 years. Some of those are recorded and you can access them below:

HDFFA curates a monthly newsletter for Central Oregon farmers and ranchers, listing upcoming events, opportunities, grants, and general information. You can sign up to receive this newsletter here. Read past months’ archived editions below, or click here.

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 our 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

Partners & Funders

Funding for our Agricultural Support program and associated projects is supported by:

Grant Funding

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