Farm & Food Faire

Saturday, 4/14/2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coats Campus Center

Food event cultivates focus on local farms

The COCC Sustainability Committee, in partnership with Central Oregon Locavore and the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, is hosting the 3rd annual Spring Farm & Food Faire from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the college’s Coats Campus Center in Bend. This rain-or-shine event is free and open to the public.

The Farm & Food Faire gives community members a chance to browse, taste and talk about local food, said Owen Murphy, event coordinator and assistant professor of Health & Human Performance at COCC. “It’s an opportunity to meet the amazing people responsible for growing food here in Central Oregon,” he said. “The faire provides an indoor space for local farmers, ranchers and producers to show their wares and connect with community members before regional farmer’s markets start up in June."

Attendees can purchase early-season crops, eggs, meats, seed starts or sign up for community-supported agriculture (CSA) and “herdshare” memberships from more than a dozen area farms and ranches. The faire also serves as ​a place to learn about farm dinners, events and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the year.

The COCC Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability education and practices among students, faculty and staff. Central Oregon Locavore is a Bend nonprofit that supports local food and farms through educational programs and a year-round indoor farmer’s market. High Desert Food & Farm Alliance’s objective is to support a community-based food system with access to fresh healthy food and sustainable farmland use.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation due to other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

Information: Owen Murphy at or 541-383-7766.