Five Awesome Food Organizations in Oklahoma
Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred United States-based groups who are cultivating a better food system, including these five from Oklahoma:
CommonWealth Urban Farms takes vacant lots in Oklahoma City, OK that are in need of attention and creates urban gardens. CommonWealth also provides training to increase the number of active urban gardeners, turns local waste into compost, and connects communities and neighborhoods around food and food waste issues.
Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance is a coalition of local food producers, distributors, restaurants, customers, and health groups. The Alliance works to increase access to locally grown foods through education and outreach.
Oklahoma Farm to School provides the connection between farmers looking to sell their products and schools seeking to create healthier meals for their students. In Oklahoma, only 16 percent of school kids eat five or six servings of fruit and vegetables per day; Oklahoma Farm to School works to address this gap.
Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association (OFRA) supports socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma who are attempting to achieve success on their farm or ranch. OFRA emphasizes the economic success of sustainable agriculture as they provide skills training to the public.
The Oklahoma Food Co-op, the U.S.’ first local food co-op, connects Oklahoma farmers and producers to consumers through its online shopping and volunteer delivery system. The co-op sells more than 4,000 products and has been in operation since 2003.