Kerr Center Publications

Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms and Families in Oklahoma

Closer to Home: Healthier Food Farms and Families in Oklahoma is the first look at Oklahoma’s food system from farm to table.

With this report, the Kerr Center helped increase public understanding of our food system broadening and deepening the discussion of what we can do to make our fields and tables healthier.

Since publication in 2007, the report has served as a catalyst for

  • expanded local food markets
  • farm-to-school and child nutrition programs
  • legislative enquiry into food deserts
  • anti-hunger campaigns

and much more.

The report served as the basis of two editorials and a four part series on hunger in the Tulsa Worldin December 2008.

And it continues to be influential, serving as a model for reports in other states and cities.

Closer to Home

Editor, Researcher, Writer: Maura McDermott

Lead Researcher and Writer: Wylie Harris

Researcher/Writer: Doug Walton

Researcher/Writer/Maps: Mary Penick

Contributing Writers:
Emily Oakley, Mike Appel, Robert Waldrop, Shauna Lawyer Struby, Shaun Chavis

Policy Priorities: Maura McDermott, James E. Horne, Wylie Harris, Doug Walton

Layout, Design, Production: Tracy Clark, Argus DesignWorks



Closer to Home
was funded by a grant from the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, Community
Foods Projects Program Grant # 2004-33800-1514

Community Foods Grant Principal Investigator: James E. Horne, Ph.D.

Oklahoma Food System Assessment and Report Project Manager: Maura McDermott

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