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Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms and Families in Oklahoma

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Preface Maura McDermott i
Introduction  Maura McDermott v
 
How to Read This Report's County Snapshots  Wylie Harris
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1
  Good Food for Good Health: Combating Poor Nutrition and Obesity with Locally Grown Foods  Doug Walton 1
  A Strong and Healthy Oklahoma: State and Private Employee Health and Wellness Initiatives  Wylie Harris
7
  Public Policy Priorities: Nutrition and Health
8
A Going and Growing Market in Muskogee   Doug Walton
9
  Who Shops at Oklahoma Farmers' Markets?
12
  Snapshot: Muskogee County 14
Chapter Two: Food Insecurity 15
  Feeling Hungry: Food Insecurity in Oklahoma
  Maura McDermott
15
  Public Policy Priorities: Food Insecurity
19
  Hands Together for Community Food Security: Community Gardens   Wylie Harris
20
  Snapshot: Oklahoma County 24
Chapter Three: Children's Health and Food Education 25
  A Garden to Grow on: The Leach School Garden
Doug Walton
25
  Snapshot: Delaware County
27
  Curing Our Kids: Better Food for Better Health
Doug Walton & Maura McDermott
28
  Melons Carry Seeds of Change: Oklahoma's Farm to School Program Wylie Harris
32
  Public Policy Priorities:
36
  Children's Health and Food Education
Stop the Supersizing of Oklahoma's Student Body: Integris CEO and the Fit Kids Coalition Lead the
Way to Healthier Choices for Kids   Shauna Lawyer Struby
37
Chapter Four: The Cost of Good Food 41
  Getting What You Pay for: Affording Healthy Food
Wylie Harris
41
  The Teacher Only Sets the Table: The Community Nutrition Education Program  Wylie Harris
45
  Meeting the Food Stamp Challenge with Local Foods: Slow Food for Low and Moderate Income People  Robert Waldrop
49
  Public Policy Priorities: The Cost of Good Food
51
  Fresh and Affordable: A Comparison of Farmers' Market and Grocery Store Prices  Emily Oakley & Mike Appel 52
Chapter Five: Access to Good Food
55
  You Can't Get There from Here: Community Food Security in Oklahoma's Food Deserts Wylie Harris
55
  Coupons Worth Clipping Doug Walton 59
  Northeast Oklahoma City's "Grocery Gap" Shaun Chavis
61
  Public Policy Priorities: Access to Good Food 62
Chapter Six: Direct Marketing
65
  Direct From the Source: Direct Market Produce from the Crows' Farm Wylie Harris
65
  Who Sells at Oklahoma Farmers' Markets?
67
  Farm Direct: Direct Sales' Potential for Increasing Community Food Security Wylie Harris
69
  Local-plicity: The Large Economic Multiplier Effects of Small Farms Wylie Harris
72
  Public Policy Priorities: Direct Marketing 74
Chapter Seven: State of the State's Farms
75
  Changing with the Times: Oklahoma Farms in Transition
Wylie Harris
75
  CSA in Oklahoma: Linking Farms and Communities, City and Country Wylie Harris
78
  Snapshot: Creek County
81
  It's Not Quite the Middle of Nowhere: CSA Goes Country
Wylie Harris
82
  Snapshot: Comanche County
85
  Green Grass and Murray Greys: Beaver Creek Farms' Direct
Wylie Harris
86
  Public Policy Priorities: State of the State's Farms 88
Chapter Eight: Food Imports and Exports
89
  Eating Cooperatively and Locally: The Oklahoma Food Co-op
Wylie Harris
89
  Town and Country: Kim Barker's Grassfed Beef and Lamb
Wylie Harris
93
  Balancing Trade for a Balanced Diet: Oklahoma's Farm Exports and Food Imports
Wylie Harris
94
  Growing What We Eat?
Mary Penick & Maura McDermott
96
  Importing Oklahoma's State Meal
Wylie Harris
97
  Public Policy Priorities: Food Imports and Exports 98
Chapter Nine: Farm Diversification
99
  From Horn of Plenty to Plenty of Horns: Crop and Livestock Diversity on Oklahoma Farms
Wylie Harris & Mary Penick
99
  Land of Opportunity: Steve Upson's Vision for Oklahoma Farms
Wylie Harris
103
  Snapshot: Carter County
107
  Just Right in the Middle: Sam's Sweet Onions as a Model for Diversification
Wylie Harris
108
  Public Policy Priorities: Farm Diversification
112
Chapter Ten: Local Marketing
113
  Local Food, Local Prosperity:
Local Farm Sales and Community Food Security
Wylie Harris
113
  A Cool Peach of an Idea: Regrowing a Local Specialty
at Peach Crest Farm
Wylie Harris
116
  The Buyer's-Eye View
Wylie Harris
117
  Public Policy Priorities: Local Marketing 120
Chapter Eleven: Making Something New:
Adding Value to Oklahoma's Crops

121
  LOVAs for LIFE:
Value Added Processing and Community Food Security
Wylie Harris
121
  Adding Value to the Country:
Oklahoma's Rural Food Processors
Wylie Harris
124
  Snapshot: Cleveland County
125
  Snapshot: Kiowa County
127
  Snapshot: Kingfisher County
129
  Public Policy Priorities:
Locally-Owned Value-Added (LOVA) Processing
132
Chapter Twelve: Something Different: Food Labels
133
  Demand for Health: Community Food Security Surfs
the Wave of Value Added Food Labeling
Wylie Harris
133
  Spirit in the Dust: Organic Wheat and Natural Beef at John's Farm
Wylie Harris
137
  Public Policy Priorities: Food Labels
140
  Snapshot: Major County
141
  SPARC-ing Change on the Plains: Soil, Health, and Sustainable Wheat
Wylie Harris
142
Chapter Thirteen: Saving Farmland: Urban Sprawl and Family Farms
145
  Farmland Preservation in Oklahoma
Mary Penick & Wylie Harris
145
  Farming the Family Way: Conrad Farms
Mary Penick
149
  Snapshot: Tulsa County
151
  Public Policy Priorities: Saving Farmland: Urban Sprawl and Family Farms 152
Chapter Fourteen: Keeping It Closer to Home:
Food Miles and Regional Markets

153
  Food Miles: The Long Road to Community Food Security
Wylie Harris
153
  How Far Can Food Miles Carry Community Food Security:
The Case of Braum's Dairy Wylie Harris
155
  Public Policy Priorities: Keeping It Closer to Home:
Food Miles and Regional Markets
157
  Concentration in the Food System
Wylie Harris
158
  Snapshot: Grady County
159
  Farming and the Environment: The Local Food Connection
Maura McDermott
160
  On the Menu: A Taste of Oklahoma
Maura McDermott
161
Appendix A 162
Resources 163
Frequently Asked Questions 168
Endnotes 173

 

 

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