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The Problem: The Conventional Food System

Our food and agriculture system is not working: not for consumers, who face declining quality and increasing health risks; not for agricultural workers, who suffer long hours and low wages; not for rural communities, which are declining economically; and not for the environment, with soil depletion, chemical inputs and toxic waste being inseparable components of industrial farming.

The reason for these failures is the ownership and control structure of our food and agriculture system that concentrates power in the hands of a select few, regards consumers merely as a source of revenue, and treats the environment as nothing more than the source of the products that capture that revenue. And we all pay the price.

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The Solution: A Regenerative Agriculture System

We can do better. And at Main Street Project, we are. Main Street Project is developing a regenerative agriculture system with the power to change how food is produced around the world and to revitalize rural communities—revitalize Main Street—now and into the future.

Our strategy focuses on changing the current conventional food and agricultural system, now dominated by major producers, by deploying an alternative, small-scale, regenerative, poultry-based system that is accessible and economically viable for aspiring farmers, including Latino and other immigrant farmers, and easily scalable to meet market conditions.

Indigenous wisdom informs all of our work. Regenerative agriculture is a continuation of the principles and thinking that prevailed prior to factory farming, where a multitude of foods was produced with close to zero inputs, no need for fertilizing, and biodiversity that generated a sense of security and resilience. Had it not been for the global corporate takeover of our food system, we would not now need to re-envision a food system that is ecologically resilient, healthy and just.

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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