The Ecotrust Farm to School program works to increase the variety and availability of healthy, regionally sourced foods served at school, stabilize markets for regional food producers, and give children a sense of where their food comes from. Here is a story of our recent work.
Latino farmers are building cross-cultural partnerships to expand community health and food equity
The nonprofit Adelante Mujeres in Forest Grove saw a clear challenge when the Latino farmers on its 12-acre La Esperanza Farm continued to struggle selling their abundant harvests. Working in close partnership with Portland State University and Ecotrust, Adelante Mujeres piloted a program to connect La Esperanza farmers to local wholesale buyers, including local schools and childcare centers seeking fresh, organic produce. In the process, they took a hard look at how these farmers could support greater community health among the low-income residents of Washington County.
We’re excited to share what we accomplished during this project, what we learned, and how the three partners are using our experiences to continue working to expand food justice for farmers and eaters.
Thank you to the Northwest Health Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture Community Food Project, and the Portland State University School of Community Health and University Studies Program for the funding that made this project possible.
Above: La Esperanza farmer Araceli Roman and her daughters at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. Photo by Shawn Linehan.
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