Niel Ritchie is founder and chief executive officer of Main Street Project. Main Street Project’s mission is to increase community access to resources, share knowledge and build power in order to create a socially, economically and ecologically resilient food system. Its strategy focuses on changing the current conventional food and agricultural system, dominated by major producers, by deploying an alternative, small-scale sustainable poultry-based system that is accessible and economically viable for aspiring Latino and other immigrant farmers, and easily scalable to meet market conditions.
Niel has been working to change the trajectory of US farm and food policy for more than 30 years. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the Alliance for Aviation Across America. He also serves as a steering committee member for the National Rural Assembly.