Tulsa Area Farmers Working Hard To Provide Fresh Produce For Those In Need

Tuesday, May 25th 2021, 5:00 pm

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Local farmers are working around the clock to do something good for families participating in the Fresh RX Program. 

"Everything is just growing and flourishing," said Tulsa Farmer Earl Stripling. 

This North Tulsa backyard is Earl Stripling's sanctuary.

"That is the house, but this is my second home right here. You know what I am saying? Because I am out here all day," said Earl. 

And it is easy to see why!

"Anytime I want a salad, I just come out here," said Earl. 

Earl is one of four local farmers growing produce for the Fresh RX Program.

"This program is designed for North Tulsans who either go to Crossover Health Clinic, which takes insurance and then we also just expanded to the Tulsa Dream Center Clinic, and these are for people who are not insured," said Erin Martin for Fresh RX, "This is designed for people with uncontrolled A1C level with Type 2 Diabetes but also people in the Northern Tulsa area who don't have access to fruits and vegetables especially not locally grown."

The boxes of fresh, local, nutrient-dense, food will start going out to families at the end of June.

"We will be providing them with a food box every two weeks, and they also get a tablet that has cooking classes pre-downloaded, so they don't even need access to WIFI," said Erin. 

"It is like a hobby for me. I love growing food and I love eating healthy and I am trying to get everybody to eat healthily," said Earl. 

There are still 20 spots left in the program if you would like to learn more

"It inspires me, it gives me hope, it gives me great relief that we are actually doing something that has a lasting effect for people's health," said Erin.