Moving Forward: The Adelante Mujeres Blog
Juana Estrada was in pain. It was hard to keep up with her young children when her stomach hurt day after day. And she was struggling with anxiety as well.
Every day, Juana would shop and cook for her family. Their diet consisted of typical meals such as tortillas, pizza, and hamburgers. But after every meal, her stomach hurt even worse.
Because of your support, Javier is proving you can
Javier Lara spent years as a migrant farmworker, and he knew things had to change. All across the region, he saw farmworkers exploited under harsh working and living conditions. He saw the dehumanization caused by racism and discrimination. And he experienced it, too.Read More
Juicy bright red tomatoes, vibrant green and orange peppers, and leafy cilantro are just some of the subjects that cooking enthusiast Marcella Kriebel brings to life with her watercolor illustrations.
Kriebel, a Forest Grove native who now resides in Washington D.C., developed a deep connection with Latin American food and culture through her travels. She now focuses her art on the unique ingredients and tasty recipes from the region.Read More
When you visit Mountainside Herbal Nursery’s booth at our Forest Grove Farmers Market it’s like stepping into a secret garden. Handmade shelves crammed full of unique varieties of vegetable starts, herbs and berries make it look like a farm popped up in the middle of Main Street on Wednesday evenings.
But for owner Krista Olsen Rahf, farming isn’t a secret. It has been a family enterprise for decades.Read More
In light of ongoing and recent incidents of racism at Forest Grove High School, a large group of students and their supporters staged a walkout yesterday to confront school administration and ask that their concerns be addressed. We commend the students on their peaceful and organized protest, in which both students and administrators were given the opportunity to address the crowd that gathered at the district offices.Read More
My name is Hortensia Mandujano and I want you to know how grateful I am to be here. I'm here because you support Adelante Mujeres.
I've made a lot of changes in my life. And you made some of those changes possible. Because of you, I have the courage to be here this evening to tell you my story.
I come from a very large family. I'm the youngest of 12 kids. I don't remember much about my childhood, but I do remember the day my mother died.Read More
As a junior in high school, Karla Zamora was struggling. Her grades were not good and she was behind on credits. She was quiet and shy. During her first two and a half years of high school, Karla had never once participated in an after-school activity.Read More
Josefina Mendoza was 52 years old and couldn’t read. Because she spent most of her childhood in Mexico working on the family farm, she never learned how to read. She never learned to hold a pencil. And she never held a crayon to draw.Read More
Imagine if you had to leave school at the age of 10.
How would your life be different today? Your job? Your kids?
This is what happened to Abigail. Abigail grew up in a small village in rural Mexico. Three meals a day was a rare luxury for her family.Read More
On any given Wednesday between May and October, you can find the Forest Grove Farmers Market bustling with activity from people of all walks of life. Diversity intersects and connects on Main Street from 4pm-8pm and as Kaely Summers, the FGFM Manager, says, “People come to shop, but they stay to connect and socialize.”
The Market has grown to become the biggest regular community event in Forest Grove and we strive to make our market accessible to everyone. We offer matching programs for SNAP, WIC, and FDNP shoppers and we offer many cross-cultural opportunities, such as our Produce Prescription program, an Adelante Mujeres and Virginia García Memorial Health Center partnered program.
Our Market features and celebrates the rich diversity of vendors that come to sell their fruits, veggies, and artisan food products every Wednesday. Shoppers not only get a variety of different products to choose from, but they also receive a brief lesson about the food they’re buying.
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, we want to honor just a few of our amazing vendors and the unique products they sell.
Little Potato Cucumber from Stone Boat Farm:
On his farm in Glendale, OR, Jesse Nichols grows these small vegetables that look a little intimidating on the outside due to their brown and scaly-skin, slightly resembling a miniature cantaloupe. However, once you cut into and taste them, you’ll see that they’re bright green, juicy, and taste like any fresh cucumber with an added zesty lemon flavor.
Jesse showing off this variety of exotic cucumber.
Pipicha from N & N Amaro Produce:
Nicolas and Norma Amaro, who are originally from Tlaxcala, Mexico and practice sustainable farming in Forest Grove, grow produce
such as pipicha. Pipicha is an herb that Nicolas says, “grows like a weed in the mountains,” close to where the Amaros lived in Mexico. The flavor is similar to that of cilantro, with tones of pine, citrus, and mint. Pipicha contains antioxidants, vitamins B and C, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and has been used to treat inflammatory diseases.
The Uto-Aztec people used Pipicha to cleanse the liver and to fight bacterial infections.
Nicolas bunching some pipicha together.
Asian Squash Stems from GX Family Garden:
Chue Cha hails from Laos and she sells beautiful flower bouquets at the Market. In addition to flowers, she sells Asian squash stems. Who knew you could eat squash stems? She says that she peels the spines from squash stems and cooks them in a soup with other delectable ingredients like pork and mushrooms. Add the stems and leaves from squash, zucchini, or pumpkin plants to your next meal in order to get your greens from a unique source.
Chue explaining how she uses the stems in homemade soups.
Biberli from Sweetrock Farm :
Diane Vireday’s sweet treats are inspired by her Swiss family heritage. Her father lived in a city called Lausanne, Switzerland and her mother lived in Aargau. Biberli is a gingerbread cookie made with marzipan (almond paste) and is her best-seller because its flavors are complex, long-lasting, and remind customers of Christmas. The cookie was coined Biberli because it looks like a beaver tail and biber means beaver in Swiss-German. Interestingly, the cookies are baked with completely moisture-free ingredients besides honey.
Diane showcasing this delicious gingerbread cookie.
By Carrie Skuzeski and Annemarie García
|Amy Benson and Chris Roehm|
|Amy and Kaely, FGFM Manager, say hello |
to some four-legged friends.
This is written by Ali Brown who shares her thoughts about working for us! Check out Ali's blog at Protecting your Mission
Thoughts from Ali Brown!
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Power of We- The Creation and Growth of a Mission through Collaboration
Thank you, Ali for writing such a great blog about us!
Note: This article is the last in a ten-part series, leading up to Adelante Mujeres' 10th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday September 12th at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. For more details, see the Adelante Mujeres website.
Chue Cha has had a special connection with the earth since early childhood in her native Laos.
|Billie at work at the Forest Grove Farmers Market.|
|Flowers await arranging at the GX Family Garden stand.|
Dear Adelante Mujeres supporters,
This week's article leading up to Adelante Mujeres' 10th anniversary celebration is a special one for me because I had the opportunity to work at the Forest Grove Farmer's Market with Mayra Hernandez (the star of this piece!) this summer. She's a great person to have on the Adelante team and I enjoyed working with and practicing my Spanish with her.
|Mayra Hernandez (right, standing) speaks with customers at the Forest Grove Farmers Market.|
If you're in the area, make sure to check out Adelante's 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Forest Grove Farmers Market on Wednesday Sepetember 12th from 4pm to 8pm. For more information, please check out the Adelante website.
-Erika Takeo, Summer Micro-Enterprise Team Intern
“Early Childhood Classes Help Mom, Too"
Written by Carrie Schmid
Elide Martinez Román is 6 years old, but she already has a lot of friends. Sometimes she plays babies or Barbies with the “two Kaelys” in her neighborhood. Sometimes she sees her old friends, Genesis and Jazmán, from Adelante Mujeres Early Childhood Education program.
But five years ago, when Elide’s family had recently moved to Hillsboro from Mexico, life was very different, remembers her mother, Araceli Román. “The kids were sad. They didn’t know other kids,” said Román, who has four other children in addition to Elide. “I felt enclosed. I didn’t know people.”
Elide’s blossom to social butterfly began in the ECE program at Adelante Mujeres, said Román, where “she learned to feel bonded and to be a friend.”
This fall, Adelante Mujeres will celebrate the accomplishments of participants like Elide and Román with a special event at the Forest Grove Farmers Market on Sept. 12.
During her five years with the Adelante Mujeres Early Childhood Education program, Elide spent five days a week learning literacy skills from her teachers in her bilingual classroom. She also met weekly with English-speaking volunteers who work with the preschool-aged children at Adelante Mujeres.
“She learned English at the school. It happened really quickly. Now, she can communicate with everyone,” Román said.
In addition to helping her develop the social skills necessary for school, Elide, who will be in the first grade at McKinney Elementary School in Hillsboro next year, also gained important academic skills. They practiced letters, shapes, colors and telling stories through pictures, her mother said.
Getting students ready for kindergarten is a top priority of the Adelante Mujeres ECE program and nearly 100 percent of preschoolers who participate achieve scores above the benchmark on standardized tests, said Francisca Perez, Early Childhood Education Coordinator at Adelante Mujeres.
In the program, Elide “really learned to love class,” Román said. “Right now she’s starting to read. We go to the library and she comes home with her little bag full of books.”
|Adelante Mujeres' ECE program provides a variety of educational opportunities for young Latino children and their families.|
While Elide attended the ECE program, Román was a participant in the Adult Education program. Adelante Mujeres offers a dual education program for Latina mothers and their children between the ages of one and five. The adults take classes in English, Spanish literature, grammar, math, nutrition, personal development and leadership.
At first, Román was mainly focused on learning English and obtaining her GED, which she did after the first year of the program. It wasn’t until she came back to the program in the fall of 2010 that she became interested in other topics, like parenting.
“At first, I didn’t like it,” said Román of the parenting class. “I said, ‘They’re not going to teach me how to be a mom.’” But then she started to pay attention and pick up tips. “The older ones, they need their time with me. With the little ones, you really have to pay attention when they talk. You have to give them your time.”
She shared these tips with her husband. “We all eat together and we ask (the children), ‘How’s it going for you?’”
Because she had obtained her GED, Román was also able to take classes at Pacific University’s English Language Institute. Adelante Mujeres students who have obtained their GED are invited to attend the Institute’s classes for free. The course is designed to prepare English as a Second Language students to enter Pacific.
Monique Grindell, Academic Coordinator of the English Language Institute, said having Adelante Mujeres students also benefits her program because the students add diversity. “We rarely have Hispanics,” she said. Adelante Mujeres students also live locally, unlike most of Grindell’s students, and “can tell them about things around town,” she said.
“It was lots of homework, lots of writing,” Román remembered of the ELI program. “But it was a good challenge.” And, she added, her children noticed how hard she worked at her studies and it set an example for them.