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Main Street Project hosts Guatemalan delegation focused on sustainable food systems

On November 12-15, 2013, Main Street Project will host a delegation of 14 elected officials, educators, regional business owners and national non-government leaders from Guatemala. Their visit is part of an international exchange and training program focused sustainable food systems and rural community development.

Most of the delegation members represent the municipality of Melchor de Mencos, in the Peten region of northern Guatemala, bordering both Mexico and Belize. The delegation also includes the leader of MAYACERT, Latin America’s largest organic certifier.

During the week the visitors will meet with local and state officials and tour community facilities and food-related businesses in Northfield, Cannon Falls, Vermillion, Harmony, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

“We live in a very small world,” said Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Main Street Project’s Chief Operating Officer and a Guatemalan native. “It’s critical that we explore all opportunities and resources for launching a new sustainable food system for our shared future.”

Tentative Schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Northfield: Meet with Mayor and economic development authorities

Wednesday, Nov. 13
St. Paul: Meet with state legislators, Secretary of State and Neighborhood Development Center staff

Thursday, Nov. 14
Vermillion: Tour Vermillion Co-op Elevator
Minneapolis: Tour Peace Coffee, Midtown Global Market

Friday, Nov. 15
Cannon Falls: Tour Lorentz Meats
St. Paul: Meet with Commissioner of Agriculture

CONTACT: Niel Ritchie
612-270-0276, nritchie@mainstreetproject.ncgbeta.com