Main Street Project


Sustainable Food Systems in Mora, New Mexico

IMG_20150221_093855Main Street Project was invited to present our sustainable food systems work at a community gathering in Mora, New Mexico on Saturday, February 21, sponsored by the Rural Communities Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and Collaborative Visions, a citizen-led community development coalition in Mora County, organized in 2010 to promote a sustainable economic future.

Approximately 30 farmers, entrepreneurs and civic leaders attended the daylong session on Saturday. The morning was devoted to a presentation on Main Street Project’s integrated poultry model work. The response from the assembled was enthusiastic with questions about how much it would cost farmers to implement the system; to how soon could they start, to what next steps would be if they wanted to pursue it as a component of a regional food system plan.

The afternoon was dedicated to more specific planning with the RCAC team guiding a conversation about whether this was the right approach (it was) and next steps.


Mora Cooperative leaders and RCAC staff met with us in Santa Fe. Pictured from left to right, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Roger Gonzales, Veronica Serna, Ellen Drew and Michael Utter.

The alignment of conditions in Mora, many established small farms, organic vegetable production, small-scale Animal Welfare Approved egg production…combined with a strategic interest in expanding production and using food and agriculture as an economic engine, gave us the feeling like this might be a place where something very important could occur.

It was an honor to be with so many incredible leaders working for a sustainable future. We look forward to continuing the conversation.