Devon Energy helps with improvements at OKC urban farm


Devon Energy donated to RestoreOKC to expand the organization’s five-acre farm infrastructure and increase capacity for programming.  

 RestoreOKC works to bring reconciliation to communities marked by deep injustice, oppression and division — through urban farming. The farm employs over 20 local high school students and teaches them STEM, hydroponics, agriscience and leadership skills.  

Devon’s gift provides new retaining walls, production areas and an amphitheater for community events. Plus, it integrates technologies in the Restore Farms greenhouse to expose youth to a variety of growing methodologies.  

“Devon’s investment helps expose youth to where their food comes from and teach real-life skills.” said RestoreOKC Director Caylee Dodson. “We’re thankful for the company’s support of Northeast Oklahoma City and efforts to facilitate reconciliation in our community.”  

The partnership between Devon and RestoreOKC goes beyond financial support.  

Devon summer interns recently volunteered at the farm, harvesting vegetables, composting, mulching, pulling weeds, planting and more. They learned about the challenges of living in a food desert and how this urban farm seeks to provide fresh produce to the local community.   

“RestoreOKC’s work is important and inspiring,” said Tana Cashion, executive vice president of human resources and administration at Devon. “We’re proud to support their work to help young people understand STEM concepts through farming and the unity they seek to build throughout Oklahoma City. 

 Source: Devon Energy release