Main Street Project’s Chief Operating Officer, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, will be presenting at the Practical Farmers of Iowa 2016 Annual Conference on Saturday, January 23. His presentation, “Poultry-Centered Regenerative Agriculture System,” will share Main Street Project’s scalable, integrated whole-farm system centered around poultry.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Farmers Teaching Farmers” and takes place January 22–23 at Iowa State University. This year’s theme celebrates the farmer-led approach to learning, teaching and sharing information that has been Practical Farmers’ hallmark for 30 years. Attendees will learn from their farming peers about land and soil stewardship; building community; creating viable farms, farmers and food systems; farm transfer and more. For more information, visit www.practicalfarmers.org.
“I’m excited to share our knowledge with an audience that has the power to create a socially, economically and ecologically resilient food system,” says Haslett-Marroquin. “We believe that the Main Street Project approach to regenerative agriculture is something that many farmers can implement on their own farms.”
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. For more information, visit www.mainstreetproject.ncgbeta.com.