|by Anne Morse, Adelante Agricultura Marketing and Outreach Coordinator|
Charlene Murdock, a member of the Agricultura Advisory Committee and farmer Reyna Rojas made delicious homemade tamales for the potluck. The 45-plus attendees provided a bounty of good food that included locally produced lamb sausage from the farm of Al Hershman, another Advisory Committee member, and homemade fresh cheese made by a local farmer. In addition to their contributions to the meal, Advisory Committee members helped to facilitate three topics of discussion:
• Cost benefit analysis regarding production of crops
• How to include value-added products to your farm business
At the end of an hour-long discussion, the whole group came together to report back about the individual sessions. According to Alejandro Tecum, Director of Adelante Agricultura, “This event is a way to unite different groups around a topic that is important to both. Without the usual language barrier, there is an atmosphere of cordiality and learning.”
Lexicon of Sustainability project, and Alejandro Tecum presented a slideshow about the evolution of La Esperanza Farm, Adelante Agricultura’s farm incubator.
Adelante Mujeres is excited to be involved in bringing together the farming community at the Forest Grove Grange. This past December we hosted our first farmer mixer event. In January we coordinated an event with Friends of Family Farmers to discuss land access for new and beginning farmers with landowners in Washington County. Additionally, the Dairy Creek Community Food Web hosts monthly food movies at the Grange through its continuing series Food Film Festival.
Stay tuned for upcoming events and contact Adelante Mujeres if you would like to get involved.