Since the annual meeting in July, Main Street's team has been hard at work with the first phase establishment of the farm. The Midwest experienced an unusually rainy August which turned out to be very helpful to the 9000 hazel nuts that had already been planted on their 100 acres.
In terms of soil building, the first cover crop of sudan grass planted in the spring has been cut, and a second cover crop-a mixture of field pea, tillage radish and oats is being planted this week.
The next cohort of Latino Agriprenuers is being recruited this fall and the Main Street Project leadership is focused on raising funds for infrastructure work that includes a new road and wetland restorations. Once that basic infrastructure in place, the team will start preparing the farm for chicken coop construction next spring.