Agricultural Support

Agricultural Support Program

HDFFA improves the viability farmers and ranchers through relationship building, 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
andrea@hdffa.org
541-390-3572

Boundless Farmstead - Photo by Amanda Photographic

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 - Photo by Annie Nichols

Workshops

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. See a list of previously offered workshops in the drop-down menu below. Stay up to date by visiting our Events Page at the link above.

Networking Night- Photo by Amanda Photographic

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 -Photo by Amanda Photographic

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 - Photo by Amanda Photographic

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!

HDFFA Get A Taste Of This Place Logo

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

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 - Photo by Amanda Photographic

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)

In 2022, approximately $45,000 in funds were distributed to 14 farmers and ranchers in Central Oregon through the 2022 On-Farm Efficiency Grant. Read about the grantees’ projects here.

The Farm 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.

Season Extender Grants: HDFFA provided over $37,000 in greenhouses or high/low tunnel grants through the Growing it Forward project funded by USDA Community Food Project grant from 2017-2020. To be more inclusive of ranchers, we’ve expanded this program into the On-Farm Efficiency Grant

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!

HDFFA curates a monthly newsletter for Central Oregon farmers and ranchers, listing upcoming events, opportunities, grants, and general information. Read past months’ archived editions 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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