The High Desert Museum is offering a series of four thought-provoking events in their "High Desert Project" and HDFFA is proud to be a participating partner. The series will dive deep into the world of food, gaining insights on the diverse viewpoints surrounding this topic including sustainable agriculture, regional systems, and the rich cultural connections we share with what we eat. HDFFA's own Community Food Access Manager, Abigail Gustke, will lead the second event! Learn more at the project website, Nourishing Community, and sign up by contacting Tristin Vaughn: or (541) 382-4753 ext.284.

Event #1: Regenerative Farming and Ranching with Rainshadow Organics

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

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 #3: Inheritance Stories with Lola Milholland

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 #4: Family Dinner with Justin Favela

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. 

October 11, 2023


05:30 PM


Rainshadow Organics 71290 Holmes Road Sisters, Oregon United States

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