Weavers Way is a member-owned retail cooperative in Philadelphia's West Mt. Airy section. Founded in 1973, Weavers Way Co-op was formed as a neighborhood buying club in a church basement. Since its incorporation, it has grown to 3,000 member households, with annual sales of more than $6 million. After moving to its current location at 559 Carpenter Lane, Weavers Way expanded, purchasing the adjacent building and consolidating the two buildings. Subsequent expansions included the purchase of two buildings across the street, which include a retail pet supply store, offices, meeting space, and a residential rental unit. There is also a warehouse several miles away in East Germantown. Weavers Way has participated in such events and organizations as Mt. Airy Day, Mt. Airy ArtJam, Mt. Airy YouthWorks, Mt. Airy Business Association, and Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA).
The Co-op's Mort Brooks Memorial Organic Farm is an urban intensive organic farm a few miles from Weavers Way at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. Named after a member who was instrumental to the Co-op’s early success, the Mort Brooks Memorial Farm was founded in 2000. Since then, the harvest and the participation of students and volunteers has grown each year, as has the farm itself, which now occupies three-quarters of an acre and has a full-time horticulturalist.
Sara Anderson, the New Hampshire Food Bank's development director, accepts donations from Judy Gove of the New Hampshire Electrical Co-op Foundation, and Jason Lyon, chief executive of the Common Man Family of Restaurants.(CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY)
Nov 19, 2010; [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Caption: Sara Anderson, center, the New Hampshire Food Bank's development directory, accepts donations...