Nonprofit gets ag grant

Adelante Mujeres will use a $300,000 federal grant to expand its organic agriculture project.

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Adelante Mujeres is the sole Oregon recipient of a $300,000 federal grant, which will be used to expand the nonprofit’s organic agriculture project.

The grant will be used to lease 12 acres of land, mentor farmers and expand produce sales to local farmers markets.

The project, which teaches farming basics and rents the land to practice them, began in 2005 with a half acre and a successful effort to revive the Forest Grove Farmers Market, which Adelante Mujeres now manages. The group’s goal is to support small farmers who have limited resources, barriers to accessing mainstream programs and limited English language skills.

Besides the agriculture project, Adelante Mujeres, which translates as Onward Women, helps Latinas and their families through English and GED classes, leadership training and early childhood education.

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