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The mission of the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is to support a healthy and thriving food and farm network in Central Oregon through education, collaboration, and inclusion. We believe that everyone deserves good food. We also believe that individuals participating in our programs and community members interested in our mission should have the opportunity to provide feedback and become leaders in our work.
With these values in mind, we invite community members and beneficiaries of our programs to participate in our Food Security and Agricultural Advisory Committees and/or the board of directors to help inform our current work, and to build the leadership capacity for the future of farming, ranching, and food access in Central Oregon.
We appreciate how much time and energy our volunteers provide. Opportunities vary from getting your hands dirty at the farm to packing meal-kits and task oriented activities. We have the greatest amount of volunteer opportunities in the summer and early fall when local food is in abundance in Central Oregon.
HDFFA is honored that there is so much interest in our work! However, we can only accommodate a limited number of requests. We prioritize group volunteer events for community organizations, corporations and businesses that are also sponsors or able to financially donate to HDFFA. This allows us to operate at a capacity that supports our current or future sponsors and provides a quality event for our Central Oregon community and your staff. Click here for more information about sponsorships.
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HDFFA is seeking Central Oregon community members to volunteer for on-farm harvesting events where we collect produce that may otherwise go to waste. This volunteer opportunity is run through our Grow & Give Program, where we partner with local farms to organize and run donation and harvest events to collect fresh produce. This produce is then distributed to our food bank partner, NeighborImpact. The Harvest Team is an on-call crew and duties include harvesting fresh produce, loading produce for transportation to the food bank and managing harvesting tools. This volunteer position may require lifting objects that weigh up to 50 pounds.
Time Commitment and Location: Harvest Team members can expect to commit an average of 2 – 4 hours of time per harvest event, not including time spent traveling to and from local farms. All harvest events take place on site, on farms in Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties. Harvest Team event details will be emailed out to volunteers who indicated interest in Harvest Team events on their volunteer form.
Upcoming Harvest Events:
HDFFA’s local fresh food drive, Grow & Give, is seeking market volunteers to assist HDFFA market staff at the end of the Bend and Northwest Crossing Farmers Markets to collect, weigh and potentially transport market produce to cold storage a few miles away. Tasks include helping take down the market booth, weighing and recording food donations, verbally engaging with market patrons about HDFFA and lifting objects of weighing up to 50 pounds.
Time Commitment and Location: Farmers Market volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 3 shifts throughout the season due to the need for job specific training and volunteer consistency. Each market shift can be expected to last about 1.5 – 2 hours each.
- The Bend Farmers Market
- location: 835 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701
- The Northwest Crossing Farmers Market
- location: NW Crossing Dr, Bend, OR 97703
HDFFA is seeking on-call volunteers with flexible schedules to transport donated fruits and vegetables from point A to point B throughout Central Oregon. Pickups may be sporadic and short-notice so flexible availability is important. Your own vehicle is required for this volunteer opportunity. Driving routes may resemble a schedule like picking up vegetables on several Tuesdays throughout the season from a farm in Bend and dropping them off at NeighborImpact Food Bank in Redmond. If you are interested, be sure to check “Veggie Hauler” on your volunteer form. If you have already filled out a volunteer form and want to join in on this new opportunity, email email@example.com.
Time Commitment and Location: Veggie Haulers may expect to commit 1-4 hours a month to driving depending on the schedule of the volunteer and the availability of produce needing to be transported. Locations for produce pick up and drop off are in Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties.
HDFFA is always looking for various types of support that will help us run the organization. This is a great way to volunteer a little bit of time or consistently throughout the year. Support tasks for volunteers may include, Farm and Ranch Directory distribution, photography and media, general office or technical support and take home volunteer projects such as bag stamping for Fresh Harvest Kits. General/Project Support volunteer opportunities will be emailed out as they arise based on the interests you selected on your volunteer form.
Time Commitment and Location: General/Project support volunteers can expect to spend an average of 1-3 hours per volunteer opportunity and several support opportunities may be spread out over a longer period of time. Most general tasks will take place in the HDFFA office which is located at 354 NE Greenwood Ave #205, Bend, OR 97701, or in the communities of Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties. Projects such as bag stamping require picking up materials at the HDFFA office, bringing them home, and returning them the next day.
HDFFA is seeking Central Oregon community members who are interested in serving on our Board and representing the regional food system. The Board is comprised of volunteer citizens representing Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and various food system sectors including: farm, ranch, food businesses, hunger relief, community health, land use, local government, university and/or the community-at-large. Members set and carry out big-picture goals to ensure the fiscal, marketing, and personnel success of the organization.
Time Commitment and Location: Serve a 2-year term and commit to an average of 5-10 hours per month which includes monthly Board meetings, being on a committee and participating in fundraising.
At the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance we believe that individuals participating in our programs and community members interested in improving food security and farm and ranch viability should have the opportunity to provide feedback and become leaders in our work. With these values in mind, we invite community members to participate in our Food Security Advisory Committees and/or the board of directors to help inform our current work, and to build the leadership capacity for the future of farming, ranching, and food access in Central Oregon.
The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance knows that growing food in Central Oregon isn’t easy and believes that it takes an entire community to support our local food system. Because we believe that supporting farmers through unpredictable weather, pest, and water challenges is essential in promoting a more equitable food system, we have created a volunteer opportunity for community members to offer extra on-farm help at farms in their community. You can volunteer on a farm to assist farmers with tasks including weeding, harvest, and bed-prep whenever they need an extra hand. HDFFA knows that everything helps when it comes to growing food and we’d like to coordinate support for farmers when they need it.