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Sustainability - Support Local OK Farmers & Co-ops

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Several Reasons why we should support our local farmers by purchasing locally grown foods:

Economic - When we shop for local foods, we get the satisfaction of knowing that we are contributing to our local communities and economies.

Supports future of farming - The stronger our local farmer gets, the more we ensure local goods can be grown and raised for generations to come.

Promotes Biodiversity – Our demand for local food creates greater variety.

Promotes Cultural Diversity - Many local farmers are growing varieties of “culturally diverse” ingredients locally so traditional recipes from different heritages can still be honored and prepared—fresh—close to home.

Empowers Consumers - Shopping locally gives us a chance to engage our growers directly.

Promotes a greater sense of family - When we buy local foods, we are encouraged and inspired by our food. Who doesn’t spy a brimming basket of apples and think, “homemade apple pie!” We hit the kitchen, whipping up favorite family recipes and applying our creative juices. And then, we get to savor the bounty with loved ones, enjoying the experience slowly, talking about the effort and the end result (rather than wolfing down pre-made reconstituted food with the TV on!).

It boosts our well-being - Of course, when local foods are grown sustainably, using humane animal practices and without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, we can also be confident that our food is healthier and environmentally friendly. So every time you buy food grown in your region, you can feel good knowing you are making a difference.

It tastes better! - Finally, local foods taste better because they are in-season, recently harvested and didn’t have to travel far to get to our plates.

Links to some local farmers & co-ops to help you get started:

http://urbanorganicsok.com/produce/

http://www.localharvest.org/oklahoma-city-ok/farms

http://oklahomafood.coop/

http://commonwealthurbanfarms.com/about/

http://www.agrilicious.org/Oklahoma-Food-Cooperative

http://www.agrilicious.org/Nutritional-Food-Center

http://www.agrilicious.org/Acadian_Family_Farm