Jane Sabin-Davis, Board Chair
P.O. Box 1782, Bend, OR 97709
The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance’s (HDFFA) mission is to support a community based food system in Central Oregon to increase access to fresh healthy food, support sustainable farm land-use, and foster relationships among farmers and consumers in the tri-county region of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
We have published 5 annual Food & Farm Directories featuring Central Oregon grown, raised and made products. These directories reach over 70,000 readers. The Directory has grown from a tri-fold brochure handed out to participating and interested organizations to a 40-page full color Directory that is printed and delivered in Central Oregon’s regional newspaper.
Our programs include:
Farmer Support Programs:
- In 2015, HDFFA published 41 farmer and rancher profiles for their personal marketing use, at our tabling events at various restaurants, and for easy reference on our website.
- In coordination with farmers and ranchers from Crook County, 10 Crooked River Open Pastures (C.R.O.P) on-farm farmers markets and farm tours are being held throughout the summer in Crook County averaging over 100 families/event. Also in 2016 we are working with a group of volunteers and farmers in Jefferson County to coordinate 5 themed farm tour events, each consisting of visits to several farms. The goal of these events is to highlight the counties’ agricultural producers and showcase the diversity of farms and ranches in the region.
- In 2016 we are organizing a 2nd annual local food challenge, Taste Local Thursday restaurant series and other events with partners to improve consumer and farmer relationships and education.
- Seed to Supper is a comprehensive 6-week beginning gardening course that gives low-income novice gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. We have held classes in conjunction with the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, the Prineville Presbyterian Church, the Oregon Child Development Coalition, Mosiac Medical and the Salvation Army serving 47 gardeners.
- Cooking Mattersis a comprehensive 6-week hands-on cooking course that empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home. We have held courses with the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, the Latino Community Organization, the Cascade Culinary Institute, the Senior Center in Madras, and the Redemption House in Prineville, and the Family Kitchen in La Pine.
- In 2015 we piloted our Grow and Give Food Recovery Program at the NW Crossing Farmers Market where consumers could purchase produce to donate, backyard gardeners could drop off excess garden veggies, and farmers could give any extra produce at the end of the market day. For the 2016 season, we have expanded to the Downtown Bend Market and are supporting food recovery efforts in Sisters, Redmond, and Madras. In 2016 we will more than double our produce donations and raise 8,000 pounds of fresh produce to be distributed to food banks and kitchens throughout the region.