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We Heart Local Food: Two new campaigns will connect buyers with producers 

Buy Fresh, Buy Local will take over Bend starting this Friday to teach people what food are produced locally.

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council launches "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" this Friday with an early evening kick off at local food haven, Jackson’s Corner. The campaign aims to make it easier for people to tell what food at a business is locally produced.

A vintagy looking label should start popping up around the area to help identify what foods are locally produced.

Buy Fresh, Buy Local will also put out a directory. So, if you are looking for goat meat or locally grown basil, you can check the directory and know which grocery stores and restaurants are selling that thing.

To learn more or financially support the campaign, go the centraloregonfoodpolicy.org and click on the Buy Fresh Buy Local tab, or call campaign co-chair Katrina Van Dis at 541-504-3307. (EFM)

Locavore creating local food hub

Central Oregon Locavore, an online farmers marketplace, and its nonprofit, Local Commerce Alliance, are looking to raise funds for a permanent location where the 100 percent volunteer organizations hope to create a "Local Food Hub."

This hub will serve as a central location to buy, sell and store local products, offer classes and workshops, provide refrigeration for products, offer room for product pick-up and drop-off, and house the administration of other programs such as Farm Kids and Willing Workers On Local Farms.

The permanent location would, in affect, create a year-round, indoor farmers market with regular business hours. All this will cost about $25,000, which needs to be raised in the next few weeks.

Donations can be made at centaloregonlocavore.com, through Kickstarter, or by calling founder, Nicolle Timm at 541-633-0674. (LK)

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