Letty Martinez, Shiny Flanary and Xochitl Garnica spent the spring and summer taming weeds and planting crops on their new 2-acre urban farming collective , which offers free produce to low-income customers. Now, they're hoping to add a greenhouse and lighting powered by solar panels. "We're really off the grid," Garnica says. "So, all of that will really help us a lot, so we can help the community that really needs fresh produce." These aren't typical Oregon farmers, more than 96 percent of whom are white . To expand their farm, they're planning to apply for a grant through the Portland Clean Energy Fund — a first-of-its-kind climate action program that prioritizes people of color and those with low income. Martinez says she hopes it will help make up...
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