Initiative

Osage Community Supported Agriculture (OCSA)

Background

The Osage Community Supported Agriculture (OCSA) project will begin in Fall 2021. This five-year study builds upon our eight-year CBPR partnership with Osage Nation and will implement a new community supported agriculture (CSA) program in which Osage citizens will receive a weekly share of freshly grown farm produce for six months.

Details

The produce will be sourced from Harvest Land, a farm owned and operated by the tribe. Along with the CSA program, Osage citizens will receive culturally-tailored nutrition and cooking education. CSAs have improved diet and health in non-Native American (NA) populations and are evidence-based strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine to reduce health disparities. This will be the first randomized controlled trial of a CSA program to be conducted in the NA population.

Funding Information

Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Grant Number: R01MD016191
Principal Investigator: Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH