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Food Systems

We envision vibrant local and regional food systems in Oklahoma that nourish the health and well-being of Oklahoma communities, conserve and enhance the natural resource base, and provide economically sustainable livelihoods for Oklahoma farmers and food businesses.
Through a partnership of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC), the local food systems program exists to provide resources and timely information to all residents and businesses across the state. The partnership promotes local food production and economic development in Oklahoma communities by providing technical information, data, confidential business advising, training and networking opportunities for practitioners in the local food space. The partnership appreciates the fact that there is tremendous opportunity for business start-ups and growth throughout every level of the local food space; we are, therefore, excited to offer the expertise of Extension and SBDC to help accelerate Oklahoma’s agricultural production and entrepreneurship.

Our Team

Bizhen Hu

Oklahoma State University
356A Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 74078
(405) 744-5770

Garrett Ford

Cherokee County Extension Center
908 S. College
Tahlequah, OK 74464 456-6163

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