OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Utah Jazz center and former Edmond Santa Fe High School basketball star Ekpe Udoh has partnered with Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City campus to share his unique approach to teaching people healthy eating.
Udoh owns Edmond-based LGR Farms, a hydroponic farming comapny, which will partner with the university.
OSU-OKC will host a LGR Farms hydroponic shipping container stationed inside their Farmers Market pavilion.
The container will be stocked with rows of vertically grown lettuce, kale, and other leafy greens.
The crops are pesticide and herbicide free and fed with nutrients and filtered water and nurtured by LED lights in a temperature-controlled environment.
LGR Farms sells it's produce from its headquarters in Edmond and local markets including the OSU-OKC Farmers Market.
The farm was launched in July and Udoh hopes it will increase awareness of healthy food options for metro-area school children, while also producing enough food to supply local schools with nutritious offerings.
“I’m excited to explore this partnership with OSU-OKC,” Udoh said. “Together we can teach students and spread awareness of safe and healthy eating.”
The LGR Farms container will alos provide a field trip opportunity for students across the region to learn about hydroponic farming systems and healthy eating.
“OSU-OKC is excited to be working with Ekpe and LGR Farms in this unique partnership,” Williams said. “As part of the OSU system, we embrace the land-grant mission and consider the container as the centerpiece of an opportunity to talk about food production, water conservation, recycling and alternative energy sources.”