Our recent webinars on a Commercial Aquaponics model (see 2nd tab on this website) were totally booked. This has convinced us of the viability of our plans to create a Marketing Cooperative where every member will be an owner. Commercial Aquaponics and our Company, The Family Fish Farms Network, Inc is in the process of forming a global sustainable food marketing cooperative, like Sunkist, or California Almonds but ONLY for Aquaponic (AP) farms. Our intent is to encourage and help small AP holders to gain commercial scale and to build a common brand to assure fair pricing in the marketplace. We are NOT announcing this yet as we are in he design/development stage.
A Global Sustainable Food Brand! - One problem we will all have is the cheap competing big AG growers in the Salinas Valley, CA and Mexico. We are NOT a commodity grower but the large retailers mainly buy on price ONLY! So ... the only real solution to that is a recognizable BRAND. Individually we cannot afford to do the promotion that branding requires. BUT ...we can if we work together!
A Global Virtual Marketing Organization - We are building a GIS (Global Information System) to plot the location of all AP farms globally. We will then plot sustainable, and/or organic retailers within 100 miles of their locations. Our intention is to provide point-to-point, 1 day local delivery of fresh seafood and vegetables. Imagine! A virtual Global Distribution system for local food!! An Amazon for food ... only not canned, or frozen but FRESH ! We can keep a real time data base of all of our partner farmers inventory and through EDI (electronic data interchange) or a Citrix network, share inventory and match it to retailer needs ... completely eliminating the wasteful distribution and aggregator where so much food is lost!
Let's start like this ...either post on this group, or send me and an in-mail on LinkedIn, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or call me on Skype: fishfarms1 You can also call me at the office (as I have no life... :)
1+ 410.227.0498 At this point there are no fees of costs involved. As we agree to move forward all costs will be shared equally, as we will all be equal partners. That's what a cooperative is all about !