Kaely Summers, Health Equity Manager
2030 Main St. Suite A, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Adelante Mujeres is a nonprofit based in Forest Grove, OR, whose mission is to educate and empower low-income Latina women and their families. We provide a wide variety of education and enterprise opportunities for Latino families in Washington County.
Farm and Food-Related Programs at Adelante Mujeres, include:
Sustainable Agriculture Program: We provide aspiring Latino immigrant farmers and gardeners with the training and skills necessary to grow produce using sustainable methods and to successfully market their products. Participants complete a 14-week Sustainable Agriculture course and subsequently receive one-on-one technical assistance in the areas of production and marketing. We offer participants additional workshops and farm tours as well as access to capital. We provide market access through our Distributor, CSA, and farmers market (described below) and support farmers to access additional direct-to-consumer markets. Lastly, we facilitate access to land and we advocate for issues affecting Latino farm owners at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
Adelante Mujeres Distributor and CSA: Housed within the Sustainable Agriculture Program, Adelante Mujeres Distributor is a local produce distribution system supplying local institutions, restaurants, schools, and small food-based business with sustainably grown produce from Adelante participant farmers. We also manage a multi-farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for individual community members to access fresh, locally grown produce while supporting Latino-owned sustainable farm businesses.
Food-based Business Incubator: We offer technical assistance and access to a commercial kitchen space for Latino-owned food-based businesses.
Forest Grove Farmers Market: The Forest Grove Farmers Market, which Adelante Mujeres has managed since 2005, serves as a market outlet for the farm and food-based participants of our programs and the broader community, as well as a venue for cross-cultural exchange. The farmers market attracts a weekly crowd of more than 2,500 visitors and we offer a matching program as a way for recipients of SNAP, WIC, and FDNP benefits to access more local produce. We also manage a Produce Rx program in partnership with a local community health clinic, whereby we provide nutrition education and incentive vouchers for families impacted by chronic diet-related diseases.