BEND-- Central Oregon Locavore has helped highlight the connection between the food we eat and the land we live on for over a decade. They launchded the 'Adopt a Farmer' program to help farmers rise to their greatest solvency and potential. The program strives to educate the community about the benefits of buying local. Founder Nicole Timm-Branch says farmers face some significant challenges farming in Central Oregon, "Farming in the high desert in particular is not for the faint of heart. We have a short growing season, high desert climate, volcanic soils, so growing produce in our area requires season extenders like greenhouses or some sort of heated crop extention." In addition to variables in weather, climate and water availability, cheaper food products at big box stores puts the farmers at a competitive disadvantage. Branch says, "Since we've started at locavore ten years ago, we've seen many many farms go out of business, becuase they simply could not afford to be a farmer anymore," Locavore sets up an indoor farmers market on 3rd street in Bend that is open year round. To find out more about the 'Adopt a Farmer' program or other programs, visit their website.