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Main Street Project is developing an alternative food system to reverse the destructive trends of industrial agriculture. With a solid foundation of ecological, economic, and social principles, we ensure that our farms and the regional economies that grow around them serve the entire community. We know that for this model to take root, it must:

  • Compete in the market on quality and price
  • Be accessible to new and established farmers
  • Harness market forces to increase capacity and resilience

As expansion of the system leads to significant regional market share, and that expansion is repeated in other regions and other countries, a new model emerges that is capable of challenging the dominance of industrial food and agriculture. We provide consumers with what they want and need – good, healthy food – through a humane poultry-based production model that is profitable for farmers and fair to workers, restorative for rural communities, and regenerative for the environment.

This is how we do it:

Building a New Model for Regenerative Agriculture

We start with a regenerative farming model. Rather than trying to fix the endless barrage of problems industrial farming has spawned, we simply don’t create those problems in the first place. Instead, we are cultivating something both innovative and ancient. Read more …

Training the Next Generation of Farmers

Farmers don’t just grow crops and tend to animals; they are the stewards of complex ecosystems. They have to be knowledgeable, observant, flexible, and creative. We are providing the next generation of farmers with the foundation they need to thrive in regenerative agriculture systems. Read more …

Developing a Regional Food System

Our current food problems are both broad and deep, so the alternative must be as well. Main Street Project’s solution begins with Building a New Model for Regenerative Agriculture, but that’s just the first step toward developing a comprehensive regional, alternative food system controlled by the people who grow, sell, and eat the food. Read more …

Establishing Practice Based Partnerships

Our system is designed for global application. While we are continuing to develop, expand and diversify our poultry-based regenerative agriculture model at our Demonstration Farm in Southeast Minnesota, partner farms are applying our standards and practices in three unique ecologies in North and Central America. Read more…

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From Our Blog:

Empowering the Pollinators

It’s always encouraging when the planet puts some of its most knowledgeable heads together to analyze and move towards solving a complex problem. As with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate C …

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How Our Chickens Help the Economy

Chickens are remarkably versatile. They go with everything: grains, nuts, berries, veggies, even other animals. It’s not just their meat and eggs that make poultry a great product, it’s the numerous w …

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How Our Chickens Help the Environment

Poor chickens. It’s not their fault that the poultry industry is one of the biggest polluters in the country. Chickens are born to be soil-nurturing, pesticide preempting, sustainability machines. But …

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