Oklahoma County Farm Bureau recently donated $1,000 to Urban Harvest, a sustainable gardening program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Dennis Lambring, Oklahoma County Farm Bureau treasurer, visited the Regional Food Bank January 17 in Oklahoma City to deliver the donation.
The Urban Harvest program includes three acres of organic gardens at the Regional Food Bank’s headquarters in southwest Oklahoma City. The program teaches children from low-income backgrounds about nutrition and gardening. The four central goals of the Urban Harvest program include agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation. The fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables produced year-round are distributed to low-income senior and childhood nutritional programs. Oklahoma County Farm Bureau has supported these programs for the last four years.
In an effort to include more outreach, Urban Harvest also provides assistance to partner gardens with educational information and donations of seedlings. In addition, the program engages children with limited resources in the food cycle and growing process on-site at five after-school snack sites and 32 Kids Cafes, an afterschool and summer program that provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to approximately 6,000 at-risk children in central and western Oklahoma.
To learn more about the Regional Food Bank or the Urban Harvest program, visit regionalfoodbank.org.