Common Ground Plants Seeds »
Fresh local food should be a right, not a privilege.Shannon Raider, Farm Manager
Impact Now »
- 10,000+ pounds of fresh, local produce grow in our gardens
- Common Ground shared its harvest with approximately 2,500 low-income community members—through universal free lunch, New Haven’s mobile market, on-site farm stands, farmer’s markets, and a farm share program for families of our high school students.
- Last year, this harvest grew 93 paid youth jobs growing food, building gardens, operating farm markets, and educating children about the sources of their food; 4 youth business ventures; and 10 different Common Ground courses, engaging 186 students in substantive, ongoing, authentic work related to urban agriculture and community food justice.
- Ensure that every pound of produce is helping to educate, connect people, and build food justice.
- Share the harvest with our neighbors and students — those who need it most
- Grow our students & community members into the next generation of food justice leaders
- Fuel efforts to promote food security and urban agriculture across Connecticut
Common Ground Cultivates Community »
At Common Ground, I was urged to try new things. I was reminded that the Earth and its people are to be treasured and protected.Jasmine, Camper, Counselor, Farm Intern
Impact Now »
- 15,000 community members join in our programs.
- More than 6,500 kids joined in our children’s programs—summer camps, school field trips, after-school and vacation programs—up from 3,000 just five years ago.
- Five years ago, 396 kids joined in Common Ground’s after-school and vacation programs; 18% were children of color. Last year— thanks to free buses, off-site programs, and financial aid—1111 kids joined in these programs, and 35% were children of color.
- Before joining in Kids Unplugged, 41% of participants were adventurous eaters. After Kids Unplugged, an additional 46% of families report that their children are likely to try healthy foods at home.
- Before Kids Unplugged, 63% of participants chose to play outside on their own time. After Kids Unplugged, an additional 30% of families report their kids choose healthy outdoor exercise.
- Build the quality and impact of these community programs — creating lasting connections to nature and the sources of our food, and cultivating habits of health and sustainability.
- Make sure our programs are open to 100% of community members, regardless of income, and engage a genuinely diverse community
- Cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice beyond our our own site — through our school garden resource center, capacity-building opportunities for educators, and strong partnerships with like-minded organizations
Common Ground Grows Leaders »
Now I am in college, and there is nothing holding me back. Common Ground prepared me for every challenge they can send my way.Michael, Common Ground '12, UConn '16
Impact Now »
- 185 students from 16 towns, chosen through public school lottery
- 65% are from New Haven, 70% are young people of color, and 50% qualify for free or reduced lunch
- Last year, Common Ground’s 4-year graduation rate was 100%. State-wide, 85% of high school students graduate in four years.
- In each of the last 5 years, at least 90% of seniors are accepted to college. In our last graduating class, 83% of seniors enrolled in college in the year following graduation.
- 1 in 3 say they are interested in pursuing an environmental field in college
- 100% are POWERFUL leaders — defending a portfolio demonstrating their leadership growth before they graduate.
- Grow to 225 students
- Open the doors of a new school building
- Step up as the nation’s greenest high school & a model for urban education that works
- Continue to create the next generation of successful college students and powerful environmental leaders