About The Common Market
The Common Market is a nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. We strive to improve food security, farm viability, and community and ecological health.
Currently operating in the Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, and Texas, The Common Market is expanding to other U.S. regions to build a nation of vibrant regional food systems. Choose a location to become a customer, producer or to learn more about our local initiatives.
As a young married couple, Haile Johnston and Tatiana Garcia-Granados moved to Philadelphia’s historic Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in 2003. At the time Haile and Tatiana settled in, families of means had moved out. While the culture remained, the lives of everyday people were impacted by blight, vacancy and poverty.
Working as part of a neighborhood community development organization, they engaged young people in projects to beautify the neighborhood’s vacant lots – cleaning up, planting flowers and growing vegetables.
A field trip with their team led to an a-ha moment that changed their futures.
“By chance we stumbled upon a big agricultural auction about an hour away in a rural area,” Tatiana remembers. “And while we were there, we realized it’s not just communities like ours that are disconnected from healthy food. There are all these small family farmers who don’t have access to markets – they’re at the mercy of this auction system.”
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.
Solutions to Social Problems
Uplift is known and recognized for its innovative approach to solving social problems. Uplift’s primarily focuses on issues that are related the Social Determinants of Health; food access, healthcare access; and jobs access. Uplift has worked nationally in solving some of the largest issues related to SDoH. Uplift consolidated its work into two primary program areas; Workforce Solutions and Philly Food Rescue.
Uplift Solutions is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 with a mission of delivering entrepreneurial solutions that support underserved communities for the joy of a healthy life. Uplift is known and recognized for its innovative approach to solving social problems. Uplift’s primarily focuses on issues that are related the Social Determinants of Health, and we have worked nationally on solutions to some of the largest issues related to SDoH. Uplift has now consolidated its work into two primary program areas: Workforce Solutions and Philly Food Rescue.
Teens 4 Good was founded in 2005 by a small group of determined youth and adults who shared a vision of addressing the issues of poverty, urban blight, and the lack of accessible fresh produce in many Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Since 1970, Pennsylvania Environmental Council has been a central figure in the environmental and conservation discussion in Pennsylvania — and we will continue to play that role. Every day, PEC manages challenges facing Pennsylvania’s water, land, and air resources whether from past activities, current practices, or potential future impacts.
Our mission is to empower, enable and support communities in our efforts to revitalized the Lenapehoking [Philadelphia/Pennsylvania] neighborhoods and beyond. Our goal is to serve as a vehicle through which indigenous people working with different ethnic groups, their residents and businesses can work together to solve problems and improve life in their indigenous and diversity community.