Monday marked the beginning of Local Food Week, an initiative of Sustainable Green Country’s Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign. If you missed the Seed Sowers Farmers Market earlier this week, which sets up at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center every Monday from nine to one, check out these other events that support local food producers or visit one of the following websites for more information about local food initiatives.
Local/Community Foods: Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture - http://www.kerrcenter.com/community_food
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a non-profit educational foundation located near Poteau, OK. The foundation’s website offers many resources pertaining to sustainable agriculture. The Local/Community Foods section provides the locations of local farmers markets and an Oklahoma harvest calendar.
Oklahoma Farm to School - http://www.okfarmtoschool.com
In 2006, the Oklahoma Farm to School Program Act was created and signed into law. Through the Oklahoma Farm to School website, you can learn more about this legislature and other initiatives to encourage schools to buy produce from local farmers.
Local Harvest - http://www.localharvest.org
Local Harvest is an organic and local food website through which you can search nationwide for farmers markets, farms, and community supported agriculture by zip code or city. Looking for a specific item? You can choose to limit your searches by specifying certain products.
Farmers Market Search: Agricultural Marketing Service - http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets
The Agricultural Marketing Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also maintains a database of U.S. farmers markets, which can be searched by zip code and specific products.
Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP): Agricultural Marketing Service
If you are looking to find support for a local farmers market, the FMPP administers grants to help farmers markets, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, and agritourism activities increase their market opportunities. Check out the website to find more information about the grant application process.