2nd Farm to Fork forum this Tuesday, Nov. 9

Contact:  (405) 309-9119 or info@normansustainability.org

When it comes to local foods, many people are familiar with the farmers who produce it and the restaurants and grocery stores that sell it.  Lesser known are the distributors which provide a crucial link between them.

Distribution will be the subject of the second event in “Farm to Fork: The Oklahoma Food Chain,” a series of community dialogues on local foods sponsored by the Norman Sustainability Network and the Xenia Institute.

While the local foods movement has sprouted nationwide, Oklahoma in particular has been a leader in creating new models for distribution.

Without access to distributors, “Oklahoma farmers were on their way to becoming extinct,” said Kara Joy McKee, general manager of the Oklahoma Food Co-op. “They couldn’t afford to compete for shelf space at super-sized grocery stores. Farmers market stands were often their only option.”

Today, groups like Urban Agrarian and the Food Co-op are finding innovative ways to connect local farmers with restaurants, retailers, and consumers. Their success has led to these models being emulated across the United States and internationally.

The upcoming forum will be on Tuesday, November 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m, at the First Presbyterian Church in Norman, 555 S. University Blvd.  Like the previous forum, it will include a panel discussion featuring individuals closely involved in the Oklahoma local food industry. This will be followed by a breakout session, where attendees select the “resident expert” they want to speak with in more depth.

The first event took place in October with local producers representing a variety of agriculture types.  Subsequent forums on retailers and regulators will be held February 8 and March 10.

To RSVP, text or call (405)309-9119 or e-mail info@normansustainability.org.  An RSVP is appreciated but not required to attend.

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