Wednesday, July 14, 2010

ODOT starts to back-track on April Harrington situation

The story we broke to the public yesterday about ODOT's treatment of April Harrington was the lead story last night on Channel 4 Television.  Amazingly, ODOT is now saying "maybe we can re-engineer the highway so we don't have to take April's property."  Keep making those calls to state reps and senators and the governor's office, now is the time to keep the pressure on.

View the KFOR story here .

Some more background info --
  • Earth Elements has 8 - 14 employees depending on the season
  • They buy betwen 5,000 - 6,000 pounds of produce yearly from local farmers
  • They use 44% local food in their line of 300+ products
  • A yearly average of 7 local food entrepreneurs depend on her certified kitchen to process their products for higher resale value
April is asking for:
"Fair compensation for the building and the work having to be done for ODOT to settle this matter, also fair time allowance to rebuild or at least compensation for the time we are shut down."
FYI - April is this year's winner of an Oklahoma Sustainability Network (OSN) award for her work to grow and support the local food movement! 
Here is a way to find your State Senator and Rep:

Hat tip to Christine Patton/Transition OKC for the additional talking points.

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