High Desert Project – Nourishing Our Community

Nourishing Our Community

Join us in this enlightening journey of the food systems in Central Oregon. Together, we’ll delve deep into the world of food, gaining insights on the diverse viewpoints surrounding this topic. Over four thought-provoking events, we will cover a range of perspectives such as sustainable agriculture, regional systems, and the rich cultural connections we share with what we eat.  

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Event #1: Regenerative Farming and Ranching with Rainshadow Organics

Wednesday, October 11th at 5:30 pm

Embark on an enlightening tour of Rainshadow Organics, a thriving full-diet farm in the heart of Central Oregon. Join us as we explore the principles of regenerative farming and sustainable agriculture, guided by owner Sarahlee Lawrence. This event will meet at Rainshadow Organics and includes dinner.


Event #3: Inheritance Stories with Lola Milholland

Wednesday, October 25th at 5:30 pm 

Immerse yourself in a experience where food becomes a gateway to the profound connection between our evolving traditions and inherited identities. Lola Milholland, a Portland-based writer and artist, intertwines food, cultural history, and ecology in her work, making for an unique exploration of our collective identity through the lens of food. This event will be held at the High Desert Museum and includes dinner. 

Event #2: Food Systems with The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

Saturday, October 21st 8:30am – 3:00pm 

Explore the narrative of food systems and accessibility in the High Desert with HDFFA’s Abigail Gustke. Join us in gleaning surplus produce to uncover the intricate web that shapes our local food landscape and how food choices impact farmers, producers, and communities. This event meets at the High Desert Museum and includes lunch. 

Event #4: Family Dinner with Justin Favela

Thursday, November 16th at 5:30 pm

Join us with artist Justin Favela as we celebrate the rich cultural connections to food and the joy of intergenerational celebrations. Justin is known for his large-scale installations and his work “Vistas del Cielo” is currently featured at the High Desert Museum. This event will take place at the High Desert Museum and includes dinner. 


High Desert Project Program Facilitator, Tristin Vaughn

Email: tvaughn@highdesertmuseum.org

Phone: 541.382.4754 ext. 284