Extension, Enterprise, and Education: The Legacy of Co-operatives and Cooperation in Utah: The Mormon Village
The Mormon Village
Mormon villages are a cluster of homes surrounded by farming lands. The home lots were arranged on blocks separated by wide streets, laid out north-south and east-west. Public buildings were located in the center of town. Farmers lived in the town and drove out to their farming plots for work. The concept was originally envisioned by Latter-day Saint Church founder Joseph Smith to facilitate co-operative efficiency, and to maintain religious education and practice.
This seed of cooperative efficiency would blossom in Utah and lead to many economic cooperative efforts that would change how farmers worked their land and sold their crops.