• HDFFA’s Brunch Box Fundraiser is May 21st!

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    The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is transforming their Fresh Harvest Kits into delicious take home meals with specially procured local ingredients from regional farmers, ranchers and food businesses. You can choose from a ready-to-make meal kit for either two or four people with a special brunch recipe developed with help from Thor Erickson from the Cascade Culinary Institute –  both available now for pre-order. This mostly virtual fundraiser highlights deliciously grown, raised and crafted foods available from area producers and food businesses!

    Each mealkit is specially designed by HDFFA and includes ingredients for a delicious Shakshuka Brunch, spring greens salad, bread or tortillas and beverage or your choice. Kits are available with vegetarian, dairy and…

  • COVID Restrictions To Relax Across Central Oregon Friday As Case Numbers Drop

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    One year into COVID-19 our area continues in a positive direction. Nice job everyone. This story is from our friends at Central Oregon Daily.


    COVID restrictions in Central Oregon will relax even more later this week after Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday updated the risk levels for all three local counties.

    Beginning Friday, Deschutes County will move from high risk to moderate risk level; Crook County is moving from high risk to lower risk and Jefferson County moves from extreme risk to high risk.

    The changes in Deschutes County will mean restaurants/bars, gyms and indoor entertainment facilities can expand capacities to 50% or 100 people (whichever is smaller.)

    Retail stores capacities increase…

  • Deschutes County Moves From Extreme to High Risk Category and Inside Dining to Resume

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    Governor Kate Brown announced several counties have made improvements in the number of COVID cases and has moved counties into less restrictive categories. Deschutes county has been moved from extreme to high risk and thus guidelines for dining, recreation, fitness facilities, retail and faith institutions are changing as of Friday February 12th. Crook and Jefferson county remain in the extreme risk category at this time. See the state guidelines HERE.

    What does this mean for Deschutes County? Some indoor dining, larger capacities for indoor fitness, entertainment, retail, and faith institutions. Yay!!! Let’s keep up the good work lowering the COVID cases.

    Eating and Drinking Establishments: Indoor dining allowed • Takeout highly recommended • Indoor capacity: not to exceed 25%…

  • Teachers Start Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

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    Teachers in Central Oregon have started receiving the COVID 19 vaccine and it couldn’t have come soon enough. Getting kids back in school is a significant part of getting our local economy back to functioning normally. We know many parents have had the additional challenge of trying to assist their children with remote learning and also continue to provide for their family.

    This repost from the video reporting from our friends at KTVZ provides more information on the rollout of the vaccine to teachers. Thank you to our teachers for the work they do to educate and provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children in our community.

  • Local Podcast on BYB

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    Have you been to our Stream/Cast page?  This is your source for locally produced podcast and streaming music. You’ll find podcast from people in our community about local issues and other topics. You can also stream from 4 local radio stations (KSJJ 102.9, 929FM, Power94, and The Mix 100.7) and OPB radio.

    Soon we will be launching our new BYB internet music station with an original twist on streaming music and it’s FREE. We’ll keep you posted when we go live.

    Do you have a podcast you want to produce and distribute locally? Reach out to us at info@backyardbend.com to learn how your podcast can be listed with other local podcasters.


  • Deschutes County Health Officials Predict ‘a Major Change’ Toward Normal Life by Late Spring

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    From the Source Weekly by Ashley Moreno

    Oregon Health Authority Hopes To Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations To High-Risk People Later This Month. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE AND SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM FROM THE SOURCE WEEKLY. 

    Oregon health authorities expect “somewhere in the neighborhood” of 100,000 vaccines to arrive in the state by the end of the month. Fewer than 2,000 of those will be headed to Deschutes County, said Deschutes County Health Services Director Dr. George Conway at the Regional Public Health Update Dec. 3. The two vaccine frontrunners from Pfizer and Moderna will go before the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee for emergency approval on Dec. 10 and…

  • Local Non-Profit Profile 'The Bethlehem Inn'

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    Winter is settling in to the high desert and homelessness becomes a matter of life and death. The Bethlehem Inn has been doing important work for our community for over 20 years. This year there is an especially high need in Central Oregon. Please consider a donation to help support their work. You’ll find a list of community organizations on the ‘Get Involved’ page.

    Bethlehem Inn remains committed to providing a safe place to stay for the adults and children in Central Oregon amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In response to the coronavirus, we are following the most current directives and recommendations from our public health and government authorities.  The Inn is modifying some of our work practices to…

  • 'Get Involved' - It's Giving Tuesday

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    We think it is important to support and be involved in community organizations that do so many things to help people in need. That is why we created the ‘Get Involved’ page. There you will find many of the non-profits that are doing so much to fill in the gaps and provide support to those in need. You can connect with them easily with links to their websites, as well as, phone and email links.

    Today is “Giving Tuesday” and it is a great time to look through the list on the Get Involved page to see where you can help with your support and Give Today. Big thanks to everyone for supporting our community. You inspire us all.


  • Share a Taste of Central Oregon with HDFFA’s Local Food Gift Boxes

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    Looking for a great way to share a taste of home this holiday season with loved ones while supporting local food businesses and benefiting programs that improve food access for all? Have we got the gift for you! The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is offering Local Food Gift Boxes as a way to support their food business partners crafting local goods.  These gift boxes are a perfect option to Give Local and share Central Oregon with your friends and family near and far until we can gather together again. Every purchase benefits the local food economy and assists HDFFA in continuing their programs of improving food access for all and supporting the farmers and food businesses…

  • We Are Central Oregon

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    We all have so much to be grateful for and living in our community is one that we don’t take for granted. Collaboration, kindness and respect are what we see in our community.

    The City of Bend and WK Studios produced this project with collaborative support from many other local organizations and community leaders. We got this Central Oregon. “Be Kind Your In Bend, Oregon”.