The Farm and Ranch Resiliency Award is an opportunity for HDFFA to showcase what makes farm and ranch operations resilient. From production challenges to market disruptions and climate change, agricultural producers are faced with volatility in all aspects of their business. This award highlights our Partners who are incorporating resilience into their business plan and educating the community on what sustainable farming truly means.
HDFFA believes everyone deserves good food, and that the backbone of a resilient food system are our farmers and ranchers.
Throughout 2020, producers experienced a multitude of disruptions including market shifts, reduced access to water for irrigation, and hailstorm damage. In 2021, HDFFA is excited to highlight the change-makers in our community of farmers and ranchers who are taking a proactive approach to agricultural resiliency.
Through this new, and hopefully annual initiative, we will highlight producers who have innovative strategies.
Agricultural resilience is about equipping farmers to absorb and recover from shocks and stresses to their agricultural production and livelihoods. -Farming First
How it Works
HDFFA Partners and community members can nominate one or multiple farms or ranches in three categories (production challenges, market disruptions, and changing climate). HDFFA Farm and Ranch Partners are eligible to nominate themselves. The nominated farm or ranch will be notified and asked to write a short description on how they are addressing the problem for which they were nominated for. A group of community reviewers will score the responses based on a rubric and the top three scoring farms and/or ranches will be selected to win a $500 reward and a free marketing and promotional video.
- 2021-2022 HDFFA Farm/Ranch Partner
- Be an existing agricultural producer in Crook, Deschutes or Jefferson counties
- Primary markets are in Crook, Deschutes or Jefferson counties
- Must be in production for at least a year at time of application submittal
The panel of community reviewers will score each application based on the following criteria:
- The clarity of the problem and strategy
- The longevity of the impacts of the project
- The promotion of environmental sustainability, economic viability, and/or community health
In the event of a tie, the Review Committee will have a vote between the tied applicants.
Priority points will be provided to traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC+), LGBTQ+, living with a disability, and/or veteran.
- April 15th: Nomination and Application Period Open
- April 30th: Nomination Deadline
- May 14th: Application Deadline
- May 26th: Winner Announcement!
Three winners will be chosen and each will receive:
- A free marketing and promotional video
All other nominees that submitted an application will receive a $50 gift card to Wilco.
Nomination Categories and Examples
- Water use reduction
- Integrated Pest Management
- Research trials on disease or pests
- Installation of high tunnels
- On-farm food waste reduction
- Seed saving
- New/innovative product offering
- Diversifying sales stream (i.e. wholesale to direct, restaurant to grocer, farmers markets to on-farm pick-up)
- New sales outlet such as with a new farmstand or CSA
- Cover crops
- Rotational grazing
- Renewable energy use
- No/low-till practices
- Crop rotation