Updates on La Esperanza Distributor

by Erika Takeo, Adelante Mujeres Micro Enterprise Program Intern

As farmers are busy preparing beds and planting starts, the micro-enterprise team at Adelante Mujeres is busy working out the final details of La Esperanza Distributor. You may have read about La Esperanza Distributor in a February blog post. The purpose of the distributor is to help new farmers (graduates of our 12 week sustainable agriculture class) better market their produce by pooling all of their harvests together and selling to various institutions.

2012 Season is underway at La Esperanza Farm

We have a total of 8 farmers selling to La Esperanza Distributor for its first season. Many of these farmers have plots at La Esperanza Farm. Farmers will drop off their produce twice a week to Adelante Mujeres, at which point the produce will be delivered to the different buyers. Buyers include Forest Grove School District, Beaverton School District, Oregon Child Development Coalition, and Bon Apetit at Intel. You will also find produce from La Esperanza Distributor at the Cedar Hills New Seasons on its market day.

At this point we are getting ready to purchase about 160 bins, 60 coolers, a large scale, and many other supplies that we will need to make the distributor run smoothly. We also started building a produce washing station at La Esperanza Farm where farmers can prepare their harvest to be sold to the distributor. Lastly, we are having individual meetings with all of the farmers so we ensure they know all of the logistics of the distributor and so that we can answer any questions. We hope to be up and running by the end of June.

Building the base of the produce washing station
Adding the sinks

Laying gravel

Placing the washing station