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Main Street Project Receives $20,000 TechGrant from TechFoundation to Support Remote Data Collection Project

Main Street Project (www.mainstreetproject.ncgbeta.com) announced today that the nonprofit has been awarded $20,000 from the TechFoundation’s TechGrants program. The grant funding will be used to establish a system for the collection of farm-level data that supports rigorous, system-level scientific analysis of Main Street Project’s regenerative agriculture system.

In the coming year, Main Street Project will engage in a multi-phase process of evaluating, establishing, testing, updating and publishing data collection protocols in preparation for the launch of system-wide data collection efforts at every facility in every location where Main Street Project’s system of regenerative agriculture has been implemented (currently Northfield, Minnesota; Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota; San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico; and Honduras).

Grant funding will support a multi-phased approach to the project including establishing a scientific advisory board, creating protocols for data collection, testing and revisions of protocols and the launching of the system.

“At Main Street Project, we’re advancing our mission by creating a small-scale poultry-based system that is not only ecologically restorative and sustainable, but also accessible to all farmers,” explains Niel Ritchie, chief executive officer for Main Street Project. “We’re thankful to TechFoundation for their support in helping us to invest in the technology needed to take our models and systems to scale.”

“This TechGrant will allow Main Street Project to further pursue its innovative approach to regenerative agriculture by expanding its programs and tracking that expansion,” said TechFoundation Executive Director David Altshuler. “We are proud to support their work, and excited to see their results.”

About Main Street Project

Main Street Project revitalizes communities by developing and rebuilding a full-circle, local food system that is resilient in the face of economic, ecological and social change. Main Street Project programs rebuild the local food system while moving underemployed residents to economic stability through small-farm ownership. For more information, visit www.mainstreetproject.ncgbeta.com.

About TechFoundation:

TechFoundation envisions a world where nonprofit organizations can access the same resources to serve humanity that businesses use to create with. TechGrants is a grant program that provides nonprofits with access to capital and/or equipment to help meet their technology needs. More information at http://www.techfoundation.org/.