Rural Enterprise Center’s Agripreneur Training Model featured in Strib

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin on front page of Strib Variety section Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin and the Rural Enterprise Center here in Northfield are featured in today’s Strib in an article titled Project Cluck.

As director of the Rural Enterprise Center (REC) in Northfield, Haslett-Marroquin has been training Latino immigrant "agripreneurs" to raise chickens in Northfield and Cannon Falls for the past three years. Many are already involved in community vegetable gardening.

"This is an idea that both President Obama and someone with a third-grade education can get excited about," he said. The model he hopes to spread throughout southern Minnesota will eventually include turkeys, pastured and forest-ranged pigs, small grains, perennial fruits, vegetables and herbs. Illustrating why the plan will work with a story about the 1,000-year-old symbiotic relationship between hazelnuts and chickens, Haslett-Marroquin insists he’s no romantic idealist.

"We’re not dreaming here," he said. "This makes long-range economic sense."

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin (aka Regi!)Regi has a blog post up titled Star Tribune Article on our Work.

For more, the REC page on the Agripreneur Training Model and the Hillside Farmers Cooperative Facebook fan page.

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