Common Ground is …
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.
15,000 community members join in our programs
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, and 63% of participants chose to play outside on their own time. After Kids Unplugged, an additional 46% of families report that their children are likely to try healthy foods at home, and an additional 30% of families report their kids choose healthy outdoor exercise
195 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
1 in 3 say they are interested in pursuing a field related to Common Ground’s environmental and social justice mission.
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.
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
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
Grow to 225 students
Deepen our commitment to educational equity and social justice education — closing the opportunity and achievement gap
Step up as the nation’s greenest high school & a model for urban education that works.
Grow a new, more diverse generation of successful college students and powerful environmental leaders