Dear Cowboy Family,
OSU First Cowgirl Ann Hargis
I love living in Oklahoma for a lot of reasons. One is the ability to experience each season and fully appreciate what each has to offer. Spring is one of my very favorite times of the year. After the coldness of winter, I am always amazed to see the earth reawaken and give new life and breath to our environment. It’s like rediscovering the earth’s beauty all over again.
One of the special offerings of spring is the ability to garden and grow. Not only do I love being involved in my own garden, but I also enjoy the farmers markets that create a healthy and sustainable environment for our beautiful state. The agricultural capabilities are so diverse, and I am proud of Oklahoma State University for the prominent role played in our state’s sustainability.
In keeping with our land grant mission, OSU Cooperative Extension offices in every county spend time helping our communities better understand agriculture and the role it plays in our lives. The experts at OSU are a source of knowledge for everything from master gardening to crop management, canning, wine research and creating healthy and colorful plates at each meal.
University Dining Services completes the mission on campus by featuring a variety of Made In Oklahoma products, focusing on offering fresh and local produce, and even providing an on-site farmers market to our campus population. The College of Human Sciences will soon be adding Planet Orange, a locally sourced and globally focused dining facility that will offer unique and healthy options. I love that as we are teaching our students healthy principles, we are also teaching our community and state.
If you haven’t spent time shopping at your local farmers market, I encourage you to find one in your area. A list of markets and produce tips can be found at okgrown.com. Spend some time exploring and understanding all of the options available to help you fill your life with fresh, local food. Reach out to the experts at OSU Cooperative Extension and learn additional skills to create the healthiest environment for you and your family.
I hope each of you consider becoming more aware of the impact your local community can have on your ability to create a healthy and sustainable life today and for future generations.
OSU First Cowgirl
Customers gather early for fresh produce, eggs, honey, jam and beef offered by Whitmore Farms at the Stillwater Farmers Market.
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Published by STATE Magazine Editor Elizabeth Keys, Spring 2017, Volume 12, Number 3
Uploaded May 1, 2017