A letter from Jay Fowler, the Oklahoma Food Cooperative’s new board president:
As a member and volunteer with the Oklahoma Food Co-op since 2004, I have come to appreciate working with folks throughout the state who value sustainability, integrity and cooperation.
Sarah, Kiddo and I garden around 5,000 square feet of terraced raised beds amongst the hickory/oak forests near Luther. We are teaching the next generation to tread lightly on the land. We practice organic standards and respect the diversity of plants and animals with which we share the forests.
In Oklahoma City, we live in the Central Park neighborhood. There are multiple wooded lots, a community garden and it is the home to CommonWealth Urban Farms. While volunteering in our neighborhood, we are learning how to re-imagine an urban landscape that can feed our bodies and nourish our spirits.
We live simple, principled and intentional lives in order for the next generation to have a new understanding of the values of biodiversity, autonomous collectivity and self-resiliency.
I offer dedication to mutual aid and energy to fulfill my role as president. My goal over the following year is to add my voice to the thousands of voices of fellow Oklahomans. One voice heard from from prairies to mountaintops.
Sustainable, Just and Humane food now and for many generations to come.