At HDFFA, we try to honor the changes of every season and what each one offers for nourishment and growth. When we are in touch with what brings the most flavor and freshness into our lives, we are rewarded with the most delicious bites life has to offer. Whether it’s a thick schmear of homemade pea shoot pesto on fresh bread or that first juicy bite right out of the field during berry season, we all relish these moments.
Jess Weiland has helped to create and share many of these moments throughout the High Desert seasons in her role as Food & Farm Director. She has been an intricate part of our mission and growth over the last three and a half years and her appreciation for local food and how it connects us to each other is contagious. We’re savoring our last month with Jess, as she will be leaving HDFFA at the end of June to make space for her next adventure.
As a former farmer, baker and current local food entrepreneur, she is a pioneer who continues to serve our community with kindness, generosity, immense strength and dedication – just a small offering of what makes her irreplaceable and tough to beet.
We might be losing an invaluable coworker, but we are gaining a fantastic HDFFA partner and hands-on local food advocate. We are deeply grateful to have worked with her and wish her all the best as she continues contributing to our food system with her food truck, The People’s Pies. Find Jess and her delicious savory hand pies (packed full of local ingredients, mind you!) throughout Central Oregon by visiting her on Instagram or Facebook to see where she’ll be next!