Home to a large farming community, Central Oregon offers a number of programs and events to educate residents and visitors on agriculture in the High Desert. These programs are a great opportunity to get out and experience a different side of Bend and the surrounding area!
A large advocate for this message is the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA), a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. The mission of this group 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,” through various programs targeted towards cooking and gardening.
One of the HDFFA’s most recognized programs is a joint project with the Crook County Small Farm Alliance, known as Crook River Open Pastures (CROP) Farm Tours. CROP events include free farm tours and rotating farmers markets at different locations throughout Crook County from May through October. Not only do these events allow attendees to experience farm life in the high desert, purchase local products, and enjoy live music, but they’re free!
While summer is coming to an end, there are still two final CROP events left this season! From fresh veggies and herbs, to lavender and the cutest farm animals, these tours make a fun weekend activity for the whole family!
September 16: Dancing Cow Farm and Prineville Lavender
Dancing Cow Farm is a small farm in tune with nature and the community, with heritage breed animals, and Prineville Lavender is a beautiful farm featuring fresh lavender and vegetables, and other lavender products.
September 30: Auntie Bean’s
Wrap up a bountiful CROP season at this diversified vegetable and beef farm. With veggies, herbs, pumpkins, beef and even handmade soap, this farm is fun for the whole family!
April 29: Bluestone Natural Farms
Central Oregon Goat Education Day. Fun for all ages!
July 8: Bluestone Natural Farms
Goats, cows, piglets and vegetables!
July 22: Just 1 Acre
This farm specials in soaps and lotions made with milk straight from the farm.
August 5: Farm to Table Community Dinner
August 19: Good Bike Co.
Saddle up for this pop-up market. Purchase farm goods from your Crook County producers at this Prineville bike shop headquarters.