After a devastating year of disruptive weather events, historic wildfires, and a global pandemic, many of the cracks in our industrialized food system began to show.

HDFFA works throughout Central Oregon to support a healthy and thriving food and farm network. With help from a Roundhouse Foundation grant, HDFFA will offer the first annual “Farm and Ranch Resiliency Award” to farmers and ranchers that have innovative practices which allow them to quickly recover from a variety of industry challenges.

“While large production plants were shutting down and empty shelves were showing up at grocery stores, local family farms began to pivot and rose to the occasion to meet the demand of consumers,” reports Annie Nichols, the Farm and Ranch Support Manager for the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA).

According to Nichols, “The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance is developing the Farm and Ranch Resiliency Award to celebrate the efforts made by producers to incorporate resiliency into their operations and educate the broader agricultural community on how they too can be innovative in their approach to a changing climate, market, and world.”

This award will also offer an opportunity for producers to learn from each other, and for community members to further understand sustainable farming and how it connects them to their food.

Learn more and support the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance.

Published On: March 20th, 2021 / Categories: Featured Grant Stories, Grant News /