Main Street Project (www.mainstreetproject.ncgbeta.com) announced today its Chief Operating Officer Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin will be participating in the Third Annual Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference: Transforming Awareness into Action on January 28. Marroquin will take part in the breakout session titled “Local Foods Future for Climate Adaptation.”
The event is hosted by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Commerce – Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan Council, Sea Grant Minnesota, University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and LimnoTech. For more information on the conference, visit https://www.wrc.umn.edu/news-events/climate-adaptation-conference.
In 2015, the University of Minnesota Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP) selected Main Street Project for a series of studies on its poultry production model. During the breakout session, Main Street Project and other local food producers will discuss how new models of food production demonstrate the potential to promote positive climate change.
“Creating new models and systems that minimize waste, maximize production capacity and provide scalable opportunities to farmers of all backgrounds is one of the driving forces behind our work at Main Street Project,” says Haslett-Marroquin. “We are eager to discuss our research with others who share in our mission to develop a sustainable and ecologically resilient food system.”
Main Street Project has developed its model for high-quality, sustainable agricultural production for local food markets and values-based consumers. The production method, designed to produce a natural poultry product, incorporates an alternative feeding system of forages and sprouted grain on small plots; aims to improve soil health for crops by incorporating poultry and perennials in the same system; utilizes polycultures to naturally control pests and reduce the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers; and increases long-term overall production potential by stacking agricultural enterprises on the same land.
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. For more information, visit www.mainstreetproject.ncgbeta.com.