REBUILDING LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS
Communities that are vibrant have more than a strong economy and good infrastructure. They also require local food systems that provide fresh, healthy, nutrient-dense food that is accessible and affordable for residents. Since 2005, Ogallala Commons has provided resources, conducted Local Food Summits, developed market channels for local producers, as well as provided connections between producers and consumers. Our master plan for our vast region is illustrated in this Emerging Foodsheds Map. Our food system development work is illustrated in this map and logic model. www.myfoodshed.org
The contours of this foodshed follow the bioregion outlines of the Llano Estacado region, with 33 counties in the Texas Panhandle-South Plains, and 4 counties in eastern New Mexico.
In 2020, Ogallala Commons received a 2-year $200,000 grant from The Colorado Health Foundation for rebuilding the Ark Valley Foodshed in 6 counties of Southeast Colorado: Baca, Prowers, Kiowa, Crowley, Otero, Bent, and Las Animas.
CANADIAN RIVER FOODSHED
In 2021, OC received funding from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center and the Tecovas Foundation, to begin educational outreach to rebuild the Canadian River Foodshed, which includes 3 counties in northeast New Mexico, the three counties of the Oklahoma Panhandle, as well as 12 counites in the northern Texas Panhandle.