Helpful Links

Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)
www.foodsecurity.org
The CRSC is a coalition of diverse people and organizations working to build community food security. Membership includes social and economic justice, anti-hunger, environmental, community development, sustainable agriculture, community gardening organizations. The CFSC helps build strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems to ensure access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times. CFSC promotes the development of self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy and sustainability. CFSC achieves its goals through a comprehensive blend of training, networking and advocacy to further the efforts of grassroots groups to create effective solutions from the ground up.

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
www.kerrcenter.com
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a non-profit educational foundation. Established in 1985, the foundation headquarters is located on the historic Kerr Ranch near Poteau in southeastern Oklahoma. The organization focuses on finding sustainable solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing Oklahoma’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. The Kerr Center manages a professional development program for the Southern division of Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), which awards grants to provide training in sustainable agriculture to extension and other agriculture professionals.

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF)
www.oda.state.ok.us
ODAFF's mission as the statewide facilitator of the Environmental and Sustainable Agriculture Program is to work toward the goal of sustainability for Oklahoma agriculture by meeting the identified needs and support the creativity of Oklahoma’s underserved farmers and ranchers. Included are on-site demonstrations, workshops, field trips and speaker presentations on diverse topics with many farmers, ranchers, agencies, academic, non-profit and local partners.

Oklahoma Farm to School
www.okfarmtoschool.com
Farm to School aims at getting Oklahoma-grown food on the cafeteria trays of school children. It encourages farmers to sell produce to schools and encourages schools to buy part of their fresh fruit and vegetable needs from Oklahoma farmers along with local healthy farm products. Farmers and schools have several things in common. They both plant seeds and nurture growth, and with some patience and hard work, can reap bountiful harvests. They both rely on experience gained from years past, on sufficient planning and on consistent effort to ensure the greatest possible yields.

Oklahoma Food Cooperative (OFC)
www.oklahomafood.coop
The Food Coop brings local food from family farms to the family dinner table. The Food Coop only sells food and non-food products made in Oklahoma. It offers an easy way to shop – order online and then pickup at one of many pick-up sites statewide. The monthly order opens on the first day of each month and closes on the second Thursday of each month. Pick up your groceries on the third Thursday of the month. As many as 4000+ different items are available each month. As of the fall of 2011, the coop has over 4,000 members, 125 of them are producers. It costs $51.75 to join the coop ($50 for the share, $1.75 processing fee), which buys one share in the cooperative. Producers pay 10% of their sales for selling through the coop and customers pay 10% for buying through the coop.

Oklahoma Food Policy Council (OFPC)
A diverse group of members with a shared interest in Oklahoma’s food system participate in the meetings of the Oklahoma Food Policy Council. Members represent farming and ranching, food processing, retail foods, education, health care, and the media; as well as tribal, conservation, religious, and anti-hunger organizations. The Oklahoma Food Policy Council was originally established on October 16, 2001 to address hunger, farming and the fairness issues in the American food system. For more information about the Oklahoma Food Policy Council or to join, contact Kirby Smith, Public Information Manager, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry at 405.521.6479 or at Kirby.Smith@ag.ok.gov.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
www.sare.org
What is sustainable agriculture? Every day, farmers and ranchers around the world develop new, innovative strategies to produce and distribute food, fuel and fiber sustainably. While these strategies vary greatly, they all embrace three broad goals, or what SARE calls the Three Pillars of Sustainability:
  • Profit over the long term
  • Stewardship of our nation’s land, air and water
  • Quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities

USDA Hunger and Food Security
www.csrees.usda.gov/hungerfoodsecurity.cfm
“Food security” means that people have access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. NIFA addresses food security through research, education and extension work within the Land-Grant University System; through federally funded state nutrition education programs; through grant programs for private nonprofits to address community food security issues; and through partnerships across the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Community Food Security” addresses food security at a community level, which is a systems approach including local infrastructure, economic and job security, federal food assistance, food recovery and donations, education and awareness and community food production and marketing.