Weavers Way Community Programs
Weavers Way Community Programs (WWCP) was formed in 2007, as the non-profit arm of Weavers Way Co-op. WWCP’s mission is to build the Northwest Philadelphia community by fostering cooperative activities that support local food production, economic literacy, and a sustainable environment.
We envision a community where people have access to healthy food and lifestyles, available land is used productively to meet common needs, low-impact and efficient modes of energy production and transportation are available, conservation and recycling is a way of life, and the cooperative business model is valued and practiced.
WWCP grew directly out of the mission and work of Weavers Way Co-op. Weavers Way’s mission statement, bylaws, and the International Cooperative Principles all reflect a commitment to the community. Weavers Way supports local businesses, wholesalers, neighborhood groups, and institutions in ways that strengthen the diverse community in which it is embedded and benefits the members.
The largest components of WWCP are the Marketplace partnership with local schools and the Farm Education Program.
Marketplace is a school-based mini co-op food business run by students with support and guidance from their teachers and the WWCP Marketplace staff. The Marketplace program has been held at six elementary schools and two high schools in Northwest Philadelphia. For more information about The Marketplace program, click here.
Farm Education involves visits by school and community groups to the Weavers Way Farm at Awbury Arboretum, a two-acre urban production farm and children’s garden in Northwest Philadelphia. In addition, our farm educators are available to visit school or community groups, either for lessons that precede visits to the farm, or in lieu of a farm visit for those who do not have transportation for field trips. For more information, click here.
WWCP has also joined with Mt. Airy Stenton Family Manor, a homeless shelter for families. Residents and community volunteers assist WWCP staff in growing food for shelter meal preparation and for sale at local farmers markets. For more information, click here.
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