At Yards, we also try to be good examples for other businesses and the many breweries starting up. We use 100 percent wind power, recycle everything we can, and reuse our spent grain by sending it to local bakeries or farmers. It’s all part of our commitment to staying local and being good stewards for the environment.
Since community and giving back to the people who support us is so meaningful to us, we came up with our Brew Unto Others campaign. Every 12 months or so, we donate a lot of beer — about three full tractor trailer loads — to nonprofit fundraising events, and we make sure to get out and support those events as well.
Excerpt taken from Pa.Gov Article: Small Business Spotlight
Yards has been brewing Philly’s beer since 1994. We’ve grown from a garage-sized operation in Manayunk all the way up to our current location at 500 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties. And we couldn’t have done it without your support through the years. Our beers always have and always will be brewed, bottled, kegged, and canned for the hard working people of Philadelphia and beyond. Our founder, Tom Kehoe, and the Yards Crew share a commitment to supporting the good people and organizations making our backyard a better place to live and work. Here at Yards, it’s always been about working hard, having fun, and giving back. Our Brew Unto Others motto reflects our commitment to quality, community, and sustainability. It’s also a call-to-action. We encourage you to get together, to enjoy our beer, each other’s company, and to Brew Unto Others every day.
Yards Brewing Website, About Us
The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden is a visionary project that uses a fundamental need such as food as a means to initiate a collective and communal experience.
The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, is a visionary project that encompasses a diverse set of goals in order to address a wide range of issues that face this neighborhood. The intent is to engage and connect with resources that already exist and provide a creative artistic outlet so that community members can participate in their own transformation. The project is grounded on the simple and down to earth concept of exchange and sharing.
Hidden in plain sight among the eroding concrete, unattended potholes and semi-abandoned brick homes on North Philip Street is a whimsical garden.
It’s the work of Colombian-American sculpturist Pedro Nel Ospina, who, when we meet him, is swatting away dragonflies and airing out his linen long-sleeve while tweaking a homemade drip irrigation system he’s engineered out of locally-sourced scrap.
Maintaining the seven lots that comprise his Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden is a full-time endeavor, a key part of which is making sure the the bushels of herbs and vegetables poking out of tire wheels continue to flourish. In Ospina’s mind, it’s part of being neighborly.
Excerpt take from Billy Penn Article: This Magical Sculpture Garden In W. Kensington is a Columbian-American Artist’s Dream
This place is kind of incredible. From scratch preparations, brail menus & sensory kits for autistic guests, $15.00 starting wage, space available for community needs & events, ethical sourcing & practices and more. At first glance it’s just a delicious breakfast / lunch spot but take a second glance to see the community driven excellence.
The menu is exactly what you want except that you then start finding sandwiches you might think don’t belong on a bagel.
…until you try them.
The staff there is one of the best in terms of friendliness, efficiency and over all awesomeness. And yet, despite an uncriticizeable staff they are a second place to the experience of their food which to describe would require I use common buzz words and hot descriptors. And this place is too good to make sound cliche.
You won’t be disappointed when you get your food and you’ll be elated when you realize how good the business is which you just supported.
Ringo Roseman opened The Bagel Place in the summer of 2017, though he’s been a bagel and a sandwich enthusiast his whole life. With 20 years of restaurant experience and a romantic notion of what a bagel shop can be, he set out to use all of his resources, tools, and expertise to create a comfortable home for the community.
Great food using fresh ingredients, prepared in-house daily, is something that everyone can appreciate. Excellent service and a warm and welcoming, family-friendly, inclusive-to-all, and cozy atmosphere are what you will experience at The Bagel Place.
But we feel that how a business is run is just as important as that product and experience. We strive to be an engaged and contributing member of our community, to do our part in supporting our neighbors. We compost and recycle, and contribute to area schools, churches, and organizations.
We donate leftover bagels 6 days a week to organizations that help feed the homeless. We provide a $15 minimum wage to all of our staff and donate the use of our space to an organization teaching American Sign Language classes.
And we’re just getting warmed up.
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.”