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Little Sprouts Learning Garden

Oklahoma ranks 43rd among all states for overall health and we come in last for our fruit and vegetable consumption. There are several things that contribute to these statistics. Oklahoma’s low median income and high poverty levels, as well as the high density of fast food and convenient stores in many of our communities.

Another factor is that access to good, nutrition food is limited in much of Oklahoma. 32 of our 77 counties are classified as food deserts, meaning at least 25 percent of the population lives ten miles or more from a supermarket. We have nine counties classified as severe food deserts,” meaning that the entire population has limited access to healthy food.

Little Sprouts Learning Garden

One way Oklahomans can help improve our states health and increase our consumption of fruits and vegetables is to grow our own food. One Oklahoman is teaching her daycare children to do just that. Christina Kamp has been teaching children in her home for 18 years. For the past two years she has been teaching them to grow a sustainable garden, Little Sprouts Learning Garden, without the use of synthetic chemicals.

Teaching children to garden has many benefits for the children and our communities. One benefit is that, children are more likely to try fruits and vegetables that they have grown. Many children also lack basic knowledge of fresh food due to their lack of access, this encourages them to make poor food choices later in life. By exposing kids to healthy, fresh foods early in life helps them to make better and healthier choices as teens and adults.

Kamp has the opportunity to expand her current garden and continue this great mission. They need some supplies to help expand the garden and are asking for donations to help fund the project. They currently produce almost 300 pounds of produce, enough to feed the kids for several days a week throughout the growing season. Their hope is that with the expansion they can grow enough to feed the kids everyday throughout the growing season and preserve food for other times during the year as well.

You can help Little Sprouts Learning Garden by donating to their Indiegogo campaign. There are 12 days left for the campaign and every dollar counts. Share with your friends and family. Together with people like Christina Kamp, we can give Oklahoman’s children a healthier future.

Help Get Crutcho Public School a Garden

Shop Good, PACT, the Whole Kids Foundation, and Indiegogo have teamed up to build a sustainable garden with Crutcho Public School. The garden will provide increased access to healthy foods and will help empower children and adults through the experience of seeing how food is grown.

They already have a small garden that has four raised beds and a small hoophouse. They want to expand and with your help they can. They are trying to raise $2,500 by February 28th. Even a donation of just $10 can really help. And you can even get some great prizes for donating. You can receive things like PACT organic socks, limited edition shirt, and more. Check out this cute video for more info and more reasons to donate.

This garden can help encourage better health, a cleaner environment, and more for Oklahoma City. Your donations will help make this come true, even just $10 is a huge help. Go to Indiegogo for more details and to donate.

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Oklahoma Green Schools Program

Check out this video from OK Horizon about how schools in Fletcher, Oklahoma are going green and the Oklahoma Green Schools Program.

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Sooners Going Green

The University of Oklahoma (OU) has been working to make the campus greener and it’s paying off. OU has seen a 13% reduction in waste in fiscal year 2009. They recycled 932.55 tons, which was a 20% increase of recycled goods from fiscal year 2008.

OU is doing more than just recycling, they have much bigger projects as well. One of their larger projects is a green roof on the National Weather Center’s sixth-floor outdoor classroom. The project comprises of 1,280 square feet of space and 160 planted green roof trays. These trays are made of lightweight sand, clay, and organic material, this mix is about a third of the weight of regular topsoil. The project will remain on the Nation Weather Center roof for up to three years and then will be moved to a permanent location.

Another large project for OU is their switch to wind power. They signed an agreement with Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (OG&E) to purchase 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2013. OG&E has been working on a new 101 megawatt wind farm that is called ‘OU Spirit.’ It will feature 44 turbines and produce enough power for around 25,000 homes.

OU is also working on many other smaller, but just as important, projects to help the school on it’s way to being more eco-friendly. Just a few of these great projects include, use of natural citrus acid bathroom cleaners, dye, fragrance and phosphate free glass cleaner, and other more natural cleaners.

They are also reducing energy with things like occupancy sensors for office lighting and motion sensors for vending machines. And in the restaurants you will find things like organic fair-trade coffee, locally produced cheese, local produce, and organic beef.

OU is helping lead the way in greener universities and is something for Oklahomans to be proud of. You can learn more about OU’s green projects on their website Crimson and Green.