Main Street Project Receives $500,000 Grant From Northwest Area Foundation

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Funding will support research and development for the organization’s poultry-centered regenerative agriculture system.

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Main Street’s work develops agricultural entrepreneurship that generates income while also cultivating social and ecological good in the community.

Main Street Project (http://www.mainstreetproject.org) announced today that the nonprofit has been awarded $500,000 over two years from Northwest Area Foundation. This new grant is a continuation of previous funding awarded to Main Street Foundation by the foundation (the previous grant was also a two-year $500,000 grant). The grant funding will be used to support continued research and development efforts for Main Street Project’s Central Farm and poultry-centered regenerative agriculture system as well as training programs for aspiring agripreneurs.

“We are proud to support Main Street Project’s systems approach to building prosperity in rural communities,” said Kevin Walker, president & CEO of Northwest Area Foundation. “Main Street’s work develops agricultural entrepreneurship that generates income while also cultivating social and ecological good in the community.”

The nonprofit is also working to expand partnerships with educational, nonprofit and governmental institutions to accelerate the build-out of their system and demonstrate its advantages over conventional agriculture. Main Street Project is also in the process of establishing partner sites on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Guatemala.

“We are building a model that proves that regenerative agriculture systems are not only ecologically restorative and sustainable, but also can assist in rebuilding local economies,” explained Niel Ritchie, chief executive officer for Main Street Project. “We’re thankful to Northwest Area Foundation for their continued investment and support in helping us to further our research and development.”

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 http://www.mainstreetproject.org.

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