Main Street Project was featured at the “Mississippi Meeting: Acting Together to Protect Our Planet,” held June 25th in Minneapolis. Julie Ristau represented Main Street Project on a panel exploring food, water, farming and how our choices impact the environment in Minnesota and around the world. She was joined by Peggy Ladner of The Nature Conservancy, Food Writer Beth Dooley and Kristian Theisz of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Moderator Larkin McPhee asked Julie to talk about how Main Street Project exemplifies the triple bottom line of ecological, social and economic impact. “Social comes first for us,” Julie said. “Main Street Project has a strong equity lens. We work with the farmers who are the most disadvantaged. Our system focuses on perennials, which help restore the soil and the water. We are keeping our wealth in the community and pushing back on the extractive economy. Main Street Project is demonstrating local economy, food security and reimagining the way are land can be.”
To listen to the panel and find other materials about the Mississippi Meeting, visit https://www.minneapolisfoundation.org/mississippi-meeting/