Main Street Project’s Chief Operating Officer, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, presented at the 2015 ACRES U.S.A. Conference on Thursday, December 10, in Pittsburgh. His presentation “Poultry-Centered Regenerative Agriculture” shared Main Street Project’s approach to local, small-scale farming enterprise systems that promote healthy local economies without harming the environment.
The annual ACRES U.S.A. Conference provides attendees with information on the latest, and most innovative, ecologically-friendly agricultural technology and methods. The conference includes intensive courses, seminars and workshops by eco-farming top consultants, practitioners and thinkers. For more information on the conference or ACRES U.S.A., please visit www.acresusa.com/events.
“ACRES U.S.A.’s focus is very closely aligned with Main Street Project’s work,” said Haslett-Marroquin. “We are all working toward a common goal of increasing access to resources, sharing knowledge and building power in order to create a socially, economically and ecologically resilient food system. It was an honor to share our approach with my peers.”
Main Street Project is building a new model for regenerative agriculture. While free-range poultry is central to the system because of the benefits it provides to the soil and the land, it is by no means the only product produced by these farms, nor can it be. A diversified and symbiotic approach to farming is the only way farming can be broadly regenerative. The model incorporates solar heating (for energy efficiency), perennials for animal feed and crop revenue, vegetable production and grain production. Each component relies on the other, creating a multiplying circle of benefits where multiple marketable outputs (poultry meat, eggs, nuts, vegetables and fruits) are produced in a way that can be aggregated farm after farm to build regional competitiveness and larger scale impacts on the ecology, economy and social cohesiveness.
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.