Farm stand opens at Virginia Garcia

Adelante Mujeres and Virginia Garcia Wellness Center staff are teaming up to provide fresh fruits and vegetables as part of their missions to promote healthy lifestyles and empowered citizens.

Reyna Rojas and Sabino Amaro of Amaro's Produce, a pesticide-free farm business started with the help of Adelante Mujeres, will sell specialty Mexican herbs, fruits and vegetables at the Virginia Garcia Wellness Center, 1151 N. Adair St. in Cornelius.

Their farm stand will be open every Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m. through October.

Rojas and Amaro grow produce without using pesticides.

Starting Sept. 5, chef Luis Cabanas will teach kitchen demonstrations during farm stand hours. He will focus on turning healthy produce into delicious meals.

Fundraiser planned for student after fire

ARAMARK at Pacific University is organizing a cash donation drive for a new Pacific University graduate student who lost all her belongings in an apartment fire. Local businesses are urged to donate. There is a new bank account to hold the funds. Donations may be dropped off to the Chamber Office, ARAMARK at Pacific University, or submitted via Paypal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pacific master's program ranks well

Washington Monthly magazine, a nonprofit publication based in Washington D.C., ranked Pacific University 13th in the nationwide "master's universities" category.

The publication rates schools "based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students); research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s); and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."

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