Main Street Project


What We Do


Main Street Project is developing a new regenerative agriculture system to meet some of our most profound challenges:

  • Delivering healthy, wholesome food
  • Reducing chemical and antibiotic intensive farming
  • Reversing environmental damage; and
  • Building rural prosperity

Our strategy focuses on changing the current conventional system by deploying an alternative, small-scale, regenerative system that is both accessible and economically viable.

We currently have three demonstration farms near Northfield, Minnesota, used for hands-on training and to develop our regenerative approach to producing poultry, eggs, heritage vegetables, perennials and other related products.

Our facilities include passive solar and other climate- and energy-wise approaches to farming. We also provide agripreneur training for hopeful new farmers with a curriculum dedicated to farm management and business skills offered in Spanish and English.


Learn more about some of our initiatives

Building a new model for regenerative agriculture

While free-range poultry is central to our system because of the benefits it provides to the soil and the land, it is by no means the only source of revenue produced by these farms, nor can it be. Innovation comes from optimizing nature’s own productivity. Read more … 

Building a new generation of farmers

Main Street Project has developed innovative programs, working with Latino agripreneurs and youth to train a new generation of farmers in our regenerative agriculture system. Read more …

Building a regional food system

Main Street Project’s regional system research and development work has continued to evolve and is now represented by our Central Farm model. This model can be reproduced within our fertile Midwest region or in other areas, such as our demonstration farms that are gearing up in arid western South Dakota, in Mexico and in Guatemala. Read more …

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From Our Blog:

Thunder Valley CDC – Poultry Partnership

This summer we visited Nick Hernandez, Director of the Food Sovereignty initiative at Thunder Valley CDC. Nick and his team are creating sustainable food systems on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, …


New Trainees Ready for Chickens

On Friday, November 10, a group of 8 trainees completed the Main Street Project Agripreneur Training Program. The trainees are all residents of Faribault, MN and will be continuing their experiential …


The Power of the Hazelnut and its Perennial Canopy

Main Street Project is working with farmers, agricultural and environmental scientists, and the rural and immigrant communities to build an alternative food system that thrives on cultivating people a …