G-J Natural Farms, known for sweet and delicious watermelons, is located in Okemah, Oklahoma. The farm is all-natural and uses things like plasticulture to help control weeds and ladybugs and praying mantises for insect and mildew control. This year, Union Child Nutrition, has collaborated with G-J Natural Farms to allow children to experience the tasty watermelons as a part of their lunch. This provides an excellent opportunity for our students at Union to learn more about where their food comes from and allows us to provide business for our local farms right here in Oklahoma.
This is a really great picture of our sweet potato farmers in Fort Cobb, with Acadian Farms. Their names are Rob and Nanette Ardoin.
Union Child Nutrition is proudly purchasing locally grown, fresh, ripe, organic tomatoesfrom Eden Veggies located in Broken Arrow.
Union Public Schools Child Nutrition is proud to purchase beef from a local rancher, Brody and Robin Johnson, owners of the 5J Ranch Cattle Co. The 5J Ranch Cattle Co. started in the Dexter cattle business in 2010 with the purchase of 30 acres and 12 cows. Brody and Robin have grown their operation to include 65 owned acres and about 40 leased acres. The Johnsons currently own 30 Dexter cows on their farm in Collinsville, OK focusing on providing quality breeding stock and processed beef. They choose Dexter cattle for their size, about half the size of regular cattle, and their demeanor. The Dexter breed of cattle originated in Ireland and were developed to provide both beef and milk. Brody and Robin exhibit they cattle at the area fairs and shows. Brody Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, he traveled the country as a member of the University’s Meat Judging Team.
Please check the school menus for the days the local beef is being served. (September 20 and October 2 for elementary menus and September 21 and October 10 for secondary menus, and monthly thereafter). Serving local products assures that our students are getting the freshest, most wholesome, and highest nutritional quality foods. Purchasing local foods also supports the local economy and reduces the “carbon footprint”.