Oct 25

Convocation: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

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Innovative agronomist Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin creates pathways out of poverty for rural Latino immigrants

Friday, October 25th, 2019
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the founder and CEO of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, a Minnesota non-profit organization with a focus in building a regenerative food supply chain.  For more than a decade, Regi has been working to create pathways out of poverty for the growing numbers of rural Latino immigrants relegated to working in low-wage farm and food industry jobs, with no benefits and no future.  Through his previous position at the Main Street Project, he developed programs to deliver specialized agriculture training and skills that could help immigrant workers increase their incomes and leverage new job opportunities. At the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, his main focus is on building system-level programming, support systems and infrastructure to scale-up regenerative agriculture. A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Guatemala, Haslett-Marroquin immigrated to the United States in 1992 with a degree in agronomy, and later earned a degree in international business management.  He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Latin America and as advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, with focus on developing Indigenous trade partnerships internationally. He is a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation and started Peace Coffee, a fair-trade coffee company.  In his book, In the Shadow of Green Man, he colorfully weaves together stories from his upbringing in revolution-torn Guatemala, the vision of a regenerative form of farming which uplifts people, and the wandering fable of the Green Man. Witnessing firsthand the human suffering caused by unjust and environmentally destructive farming practices set him on a path of helping people lift themselves through, of all things, tapping the natural behaviors of the lowly chicken. 

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