Moorish Industrial Group
The Purpose of the Moorish Industrial Group is to empower communities to feed themselves. We believe a community can only feed itself, by establishing markets to connect its farmers to its customer base.
Cooperation dates back as far as human beings have been organizing for mutual benefit. Tribes were organized as cooperative structures, allocating jobs and resources among each other, only trading with the external communities.
The first step we will take towards developing a community owned grocery store begin with developing a farmers market first.
We believe, the farmers market enables the community a chance to know their farmers, while identifying the stakeholders locally to increase the probability for a successful grocery store
- Develop Farmers Markets;
- Create Cooperative Grocery Stores ;
- Create Urban Gardens;
- Create a Seed Bank through our Authority
- and; Fight Obesity in our Communities.
Starting and Operating a Farmers' Market
Most farmers' markets start as an idea. A group of local growers, a neighborhood association, the local chamber of commerce, or in some cases a single individual, realizes the benefits of starting a farmers' market in their community. From this initial idea connections are made, meetings are held, and the farmers' market begins to materialize.
During the early stages of the market's creation, when initial conversations and meetings are taking place, try to answer the following questions to help the market get off to a good start:
- What is the purpose of the market?
Clearly defining the market's purpose or mission is perhaps the most important task for market organizers. Typically, farmers' markets are created with the primary purpose of serving local growers and consumers, although it is widely recognized that farmers' markets also help improve and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, provide a safe place for people to gather and socialize, and improve access to fresh food, among other things. However, a farmers' market will not succeed unless growers are able to make a profit, despite the good intentions of market organizers to promote other goals.