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Presentation Language: English

Interpretation Available from English to Spanish

Panel Featuring (3) Presentations:​​

Adelante Mujeres' Produce Rx:

Engaging the Latinx Community through healthy eating

Come learn about a Veggie Rx Program in Oregon that is building collaborative partnerships, engaging Latinx families, recognizing their cultural & social needs, and capturing the successes and challenges through a new program manual.

Hear from Adelante Mujeres program staff who are partnering with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic to offer “Veggie Rx” fruit and vegetable prescription programs. 

Comida para Todos:

Food Security in the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge boasts beautiful sprawling orchards, a robust outdoor recreation industry, and immense agricultural bounty. Roughly 30% of the Gorge is made up of Latinos, and this number grows significantly during the harvest season. Despite its rich culture and booming tourism, the Gorge experiences real hardship. One in three people in the Gorge do not know where their next meal is coming from, and Hood River County now has the most expensive farmland in Oregon.

Through collaboration and responding to extensive community input, Gorge Grown Food Network and The Next Door, Inc. have developed and sustained programming that addresses the issues of food and land access in the Gorge. A key element of this work has been engaging Latinos, and supporting community driven solutions to the real issues the Gorge faces.

Harvest a more nutritious dinner:

Inviting the Latino community to farmers markets

La oficina de sostenibilidad y medio ambiente (Office of Sustainability and Environment, OSE) de la ciudad de Seattle creó el programa Fresh Bucks para que la comunidad de recursos limitados pueda duplicar su dinero en los mercados agrícolas locales. En esta presentación, aprenderá cómo desarrollar campañas incluyentes para dar a conocer iniciativas de acceso a la comida como Fresh Bucks. 



Kaely Summers

Nutrition & Farmers Market Manager, Adelante Mujeres

Kaely Summers is the Nutrition & Farmers Market Manger at Adelante Mujeres. She started working at Adelante Mujeres in 2011 as the Forest Grove Farmers Market Manager. She continues expanding access to local fruits and veggies for low-income families through a variety of nutrition incentive programs including a Produce Rx program. She also serves as the Veggie Rx Committee Chair for the Oregon Community Food Systems Network and Board President for the Oregon Farmers Market Association. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Kaely has also lived abroad in Peru and is a former AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. In 2014 she received the Public Health Ambassador Award from Washington County in recognition of "building a culture of wellness" in her community.


Mayra Hernández

Farmers Market & Nutrition Coordinator, Adelante Mujeres

In 2004, Mayra Hernandez became a student in our Adult Education program and received her GED.  Mayra then began her career in childcare and started studying to receive her Child Development Associate Credential, which she earned in 2006. Mayra joined Adelante Mujeres in 2011 and has worked in our preschool as well as with our Forest Grove Farmers Market and our Produce Rx initiative.


Andrés Rodríguez

Multicultural Account Supervisor

Andrés is a brand strategist and creative thinker. His deep passion for business and creativity led him to pursue a career in marketing communications. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and with a Master’s from Northwestern University, he is fascinated by transcending language barriers and cultural differences to bring people together. Andrés leads C+C’s multicultural practice and focuses on creating campaigns to engage with underserved communities. Andrés has experiences with all types of businesses from tech startups in the Bay Area to Fortune 500 companies and large media brands in the U.S, U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets.


Sarah Sullivan

Executive Director, Gorge Grown Food Network

As former Executive Director of both Hawaii SEED and The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Sarah has extensive experience in movement-building, organizational management and agricultural policy. She directed the award‐winning school-garden program at Abernethy Elementary in Portland, and trains teachers in garden-based education as an adjunct Professor at Lewis & Clark College. She is a trained Permaculture designer and has dabbled in plant breeding and seed saving. Sarah believes in the power and practice of collaborative leadership.

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Anna Osborn

Economic Development Services Manager, The Next Door, Inc.

Anna has worked in community and food system development since 2012, from working in affordable housing development for farmworker families, to developing and managing a farmers market with the Latino community of Hood River. Anna then worked as a community food and nutrition educator with the OSU Extension SNAP-Ed program for two years. As the Economic Development Services Manager, Anna manages the Raíces Cooperative Farm and Greenhouse at The Next Door, Inc. Anna holds a Master’s in Public Health degree from Oregon State University with a specialty in food security studies.

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