An education program striving for social justice and equity through ecological land management and economic vitality.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Sustainable Agriculture provides 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 enroll in a 12 week sustainable farming class, taught in Spanish, that covers topics like farming techniques, soil maintenance, crop planning and pest management. The course also includes practical workshops and opportunities to participate in farming related conferences and networking events.
Some course graduates use what they learn to start garden plots at home or in local community gardens (such as Forest Grove Community Gardens); others choose to pursue a business venture in agriculture.
ADELANTE MUJERES DISTRIBUTOR AND CSA
Sustainable Agriculture operates Adelante Mujeres Distributor, a wholesale produce distribution system that provides sustainably grown produce to local institutions, restaurants, schools, and small food businesses. We also offer a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for individual community members. The Distributor and CSA function as a market outlet and training opportunity for the program’s Latino farmer participants.
If you represent a business interested in purchasing produce from Adelante Mujeres Distributor or are an individual who would like to become a CSA member, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Local produce grown by individual Sustainable Agriculture Latino farmer participants can also be found at the Forest Grove Farmers Market and a variety of other farmers markets in Washington County and Portland.
Recognizing that many farm enterprises struggle to obtain financing, Sustainable Agriculture offers a suite of alternative capital products, including Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Learn more about the IDA program.
Visit our Donate page to learn about supporting the Sustainable Agriculture program.
Find more information about getting involved with the Sustainable Agriculture program on our Volunteer page.
Listen to an interview of Adelante's Alejandro Tecum and Bridget Cooke as they discuss some of our success stories in Edible Portland's Underground Airwaves podcast.
Plus, you've heard of peak oil. What about peak soil? Could one of the biggest threats to our environment be the state of the ground beneath our feet? Learn more here (working draft of academic paper written by Adelante's Nicholas Fromherz, accepted for publication in the Ecology Law Quarterly)