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The funds would help over 100 families and farmers through both education and farmland.

COURTESY OF ADELANTE MUJERES - Students in Adelantes Mujeres' 12-week sustainable agriculture course discuss farming techniques in a greenhouse.Adelante Mujeres is a finalist for a State Farm grant worth $25,000 for its community garden and regenerative agriculture programs, which help aspiring farmers learn to grow both crops and a business.

But the Forest Grove-based nonprofit needs community members' support in order to receive the money. The State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program is competitive — grants will go toward applicants that receive the most votes on the program's website.

Grants officer Bailey Matlock estimated the $25,000 grant award, if Adelante Mujeres wins it, would help over 100 families and farmers through both education and farmland.

"This programming is really critical at this time in Washington County where we've seen a massive increase in food insecurity due to the pandemic," Matlock said. "We're one of a few organizations providing critical resources to make sure people are getting fed. That's why this funding is so crucial."

Matlock added the grant would support a 12-week regenerative agriculture class provided in spring and late summer as well as individual workshops on sustainable practices such as composting.

Voting ends Friday, May 6. Anyone 18 years or older can vote up to 10 times per day.

Voters will be asked to make an online account. State Farm says it will not use information for marketing purposes after the voting period is over.

To vote, visit NeighborhoodAssist.com.


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