Co-FOUNDER & executive director
Bud is an attorney & project developer in Oklahoma City, specializing in providing legal services and consulting to local farmers and ranchers, restaurants and bars, and renewable energy producers, in addition to public relations and policy campaign consulting, including the successful Vote No on SQ777 campaign. Bud serves as the lead on public policy matters, resource development, and business consulting for members of the Alliance. Additionally, Bud is the attorney and project developer at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market District. Bud completed his undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma and his law degree at the University of Kansas.
Co-FOUNDER & director of outreach & education
Widely regarded as a champion of local food in Oklahoma, Rita oversees the outreach and program management for the Alliance from her location in Bixby, Oklahoma. Rita has produced local foods, managed farmers markets, spearheaded the Buy Fresh Buy Local initiative, Farm to School trainings, Local Food Week programming, and consulted with local food producers and stakeholders on marketing, accessibility, production, and education. With a horticulture degree from Tulsa Community College, Rita has raised vegetables and livestock, provided landscape and design services, and presented at local food conferences across the nation.
“If you will it, it is no dream.”
walter sobcheck, veteran
Since 2012, the Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance has strived to be a resource for Oklahoma's local food community and the public. Developed in response to requests from family farmers, ranchers, and restauranteurs across Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance sought to provide a resource, advocacy, and support network for small and medium sized food producers. Recognizing the challenges faced by family farmers and ranchers and public access to healthy, locally produced foods, our initial efforts centered around public policy education efforts and marketing awareness efforts. Since then, services have expanded to planning and executing statewide local food conferences, on-site farm trainings, annual production of Local Food Guides, Food Policy Council management and consulting, Farm to School trainings and policy guidance, tribal food system consulting, and successful policy efforts with municipalities, state and federal agencies, and state and federal legislation. Our staff regularly serves as subject matter experts on food policy and system development, conference presentations, and advocacy efforts.
Some of our successes include on-site GAP certification trainings, procurement of cold storage and produce washing infrastructure for Northeastern Oklahoma producer cooperative, securing financing for beginning farmer property and equipment acquisition, statewide designation of Local Food Week, sales tax exemption for direct sales of locally produced foods at farmers markets, healthy cornerstone financing initiatives, honey sales tax exemptions, fresh food finance initiatives, Double Up Food Bucks Farmers Market programs, food policy council development, and inclusion of local food provisions in the US Farm Bill.
None of these successes would be possible without enduring partnerships with local farmers, ranchers, restauranteurs, agriculture advocates, tribal governments, public health organizations, local governmental leaders and staff, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Together we can build a robust local food system and ensure access to healthy, local foods in Oklahoma.
We are proud to offer our trainings and networking services to the public, while we offer our dues paying membership updates on local, state and federal policy developments, free access to trainings and events, free listings in the Local Food Guides, and more!