A sustainable agriculture program striving for social justice and equity through ecological land management and economic vitality.
Adelante Agricultura provides aspiring Latino immigrant farmers with the training and skills necessary to farm using sustainable methods and to successfully market their products.
Participants enroll in a 10 week sustainable farming class, taught in Spanish, which covers topics like farming techniques, land rent/purchase, soil maintenance, crop planning and pest management. The course also includes practical workshops at local farms, including La Esperanza Farm.
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 become members of the La Esperanza Farm collective and pursue a business venture in agriculture.
La Esperanza Farm is a 12 acre sustainable farm, located in Forest Grove and leased by Adelante Agricultura. Farmers begin production on a quarter-acre plot of land, and receive technical assistance and marketing support from Adelante Agricultura staff. Individual families sell to outlets like local farmers markets, and work collectively to sell their produce to larger-scale operations through Adelante Mujeres' social venture, La Esperanza Distributors.
Recognizing that many farm enterprises struggle to obtain financing, Adelante Agricultura offers a suite of alternative capital products, including Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Learn more about the IDA program.
You can support our farmers by purchasing their produce at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. Send an email to Adelante Agricultura Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, Karin Pfeiffer-Hoyt, kpfeifferhoyt (at) adelantemujeres.org, for more details.
Visit our Donate page to learn about supporting the Adelante Agricultura program.
Find more information about getting involved with the Adelante Agricultura 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)