Central Oregon Food Summit ~ October 25th

Celebrate our Progress and Define our Future

Hosted by:

  • Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
  • Jefferson County Soil & Water Cons. District
  • OSU Extensions Service – Central Oregon
  • Wy’East RC&D

With Support from:

  • High Desert Food & Farm Alliance
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture, Specialty Crop Block Grant

Event Details

This one-day event will offer opportunities for farmers, ranchers, the public, food professionals, CSA members, community organizers and politicians to come together to Celebrate our Progress and Define our Future for healthy, local food in Central Oregon. This conference will provide attendees with opportunity to learn about regional farm and food issues, healthy food access, infrastructure and methods to mobilize communities in order to increase access to farm-fresh, locally grown food.

Our Community is the Keynote Speaker

ignite_CentralOregon.fwInstead of having a keynote speaker, our community would be the keynote!  We decided to mix it up a bit and provide an interactive morning for attendees to learn about each other through the “Ignite Talk” presentation format.  If you are interested in presenting, please contact Debbe Chadwick.

Producers Ingite!

  • Volcano Veggies
  • Smudgie Goose
  • Rainshadow Organics
  • Next Season Farm
  • Last Stand Farm
  • Juniper Jungle
  • Central Oregon Veterans Farm
  • Ashley Joyce’s Home Garden

Community Ignite!

  • Sisters School District
  • Rogue Farm Corps
  • High Desert Food & Farm Alliance
  • Friends of Family Farmers
  • The Environmental Center
  • Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems
  • Central Oregon Locavore
  • C.O. Intergovernmental Council
  • C.O. Community College
  • Bend Lapine School Dist.
  • Agricultural Connections


7:30-8:00    Registration
8:00-8:30    Introduction to Food Summit
8:30-9:45    Farmers Ignite!
9:45-10:15  30 minute Break
10:15-11:30  Community Ignite!
11:30-12:30 Local Food Lunch provided by
The Well Traveled Fork
12:30-2:00  Break-out Sessions (see below)
2:00-2:15    15 minutes Break
2:15-3:45    Break-out Sessions
3:45-4:00    Closing Remarks


Lexicon of Sustainability

We are excited to host a this pop-up show! By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture the Lexicon of Sustainability™ educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.  Check it out!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 25th, 7:30-4:00p
LocationWilliam Healy Armory
875 SW Simpson Ave
Bend, OR 97702

Cost: On-line registration closes 10/21
$20: Early Bird (before 10/15)
$30: Later Bird (after 10/15)
$40: Day of registration
Scholarships available (40 total)

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Display Tables include:

  • Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems
  • Central Oregon Seed Exchange
  • Central Oregon Landwatch
  • Friends of Family Farmers
  • High Desert Food & Farm Alliance
  • Holm Made Toffee Co.
  • Justy’s Jelly
  • Juniper Jungle
  • OSU Extension Nutrition Education Program
  • Plainview Farm
  • Redband Ranch
  • Rogue Farm Corps
  • Veriegated Gardens
  • Volcano Veggies
  • AND MORE….

Tabling: Farmers, farmers markets, food businesses, educational organization and others can display information about their organization.  You must meet the criteria of the event to have a table, no advocacy or policy-oriented propaganda allowed.  Cost: $50 or equivalent in a food donation for lunch or snacks. Cost includes: admission, table and lunch. Click here to reserve your table.

More Information? Contact Event Master: Debbe Chadwick

Agricultural Producer Track

Soil – your success depends on it!

What is soil and how does it work? James Cassidy, OSU Soil Scientist, musician and entertainer, specializes in soil physics and organic agriculture and explain the fundamentals of soil and how it works.  You will have fun while learning to control soil fertility and improve your soil quality and crop production.

Presenter: James Cassidy, OSU Soil Scientist

Buying and Selling Locally
Farmer/Buyer Panel

Is it possible to “define our future with local foods in Central Oregon”?  What alternative crops are currently being grown and is there a demand for these crops?  Could we make a Central Oregon specific brand/crop that people demand? A panel of local farmers will share what they have learned about growing specialty crops and their experience entering the the retail and wholesale markets.  Local buyers will discuss the current infrastructure that supports the supply chain to sell wholesale and retail local food and discuss what is needed to enter the wholesale marketplace.

Facilitator: Matthew Buck
Panel: Rainshadow Organics, Smudgie Goose, Juniper Jungle and 3 local buyers (TBD)

Organization Track

Politicians talk about their Community’s Local Food System

Have a conversation with your regional politician about how they are supporting a sustainable food system.  This will be an opportunity to learn from each other about what is important in our region and how a strong food system can create economic development opportunities for farmers and food entrepreneurs.

Facilitator: Friends of Family Farmers
Panel: Crook County Commissioner Seth Crawford, Deschutes County Commissioner Tony Debone, Jefferson County Commissioner John Hatfield.

Central Oregon Food System/Food Hub

The Central Oregon food system is comprised of many players and forms of wealth.  This session will include a presentation by Katrina Van Dis, Program Administrator at Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council) about the 3-year food hub development project including current opportunities, the formation of a food hub, infrastructure needs and how to be engaged in the project. Katrina will discuss how the WealthWorks Northwest Exploration Grant has helped to form a “Central Oregon Food Hub Team”

The presentation will be followed by a group discussion about how local organizations are currently involved in the food system from public health to non-profits to farmers and consumers.  Come and learn how you can get involved, how to better connect with other community members, and  how we can work together to make this project real!

Facilitator: Michael Held, Rural Development Initiatives.  Presenter: Katrina Van Dis, COIC

Consumer Track

Growing Gardens, Cooking Healthy

The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance has implemented two new programs that support food skills education specifically for low-income residents: Seed to Supper and Cooking Matters. Seed to Supper  is a comprehensive beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget, and Cooking Matters empowers families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home.

Both of these programs were developed by the Oregon Food Bank and OSU Extension Service.  Learn about these and other programs that support our food system and how you can get involved as a participant and/or volunteer.

Presenters: Jules Greene and Jane Sabin-Davis, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance Board of Directors and Meiko Lunetta, HDFFA Program Administrator

Maximize your Health, Minimize your Budget

Buying local and fresh food doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. OSU Extension nutrition instructors will teach you how to buy and cook on a budget. They will share home recipes and tricks that  make this easier and more nutritious. Come and sample different meals and learn what resources are available in our community.  Also check out their new smoothie bike!

Presenters: Katie Ahern and Stephanie Russell, OSU Extension Nutrition Education Instructors

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