Green City Market Community Commitment

What makes Green City Market one of the most admired farmers' markets in the country? It is not just the success and scale of our markets. It's also how we do our work, how we treat one another, and how we live up to our organization’s values. 

Ingrained in our culture, our values inspire our work and strengthen our reputation as an organization that does extraordinary things. Our values and our commitment to our community are essential ingredients to our success.

All members of the Green City Market community are expected to: 

  • Be sustainable: In addition to our commitment to environmental sustainability, we make decisions that are future-focused and strengthen our resources and our communities for generations to come. All are expected to participate in our community in ways that complement this forward-thinking approach to securing the future of food.

  • Be inclusive: Green City Market embraces and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, education level, color, immigration status, sex, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental or physical ability. We ensure that our work is inclusive, approachable, and obtainable. We believe everyone has the right to nourishing local food — and work to provide access to everyone regardless of zip code or income level. We value diversity and are committed to listening, learning, examining, and acting on the ways we can ensure our work reflects the diversity of the communities that we serve.

  • Be connected: Collaboration and connectedness is centered in the approach to our work. We are community-minded and understand that our connected actions need to work together for the success of our organization. The results of our work are strengthened by listening to our community’s lived experiences. Teamwork makes the dream work.

  • Be respectful: All members of the GCM community should respect one another. We do not allow any kind of discriminatory behavior, harassment or victimization. Harassment includes bullying, intimidation, direct insults, malicious gossip, and victimization.

    We cannot provide an exhaustive list of disrespectful behavior, but here are some examples that we consider to be disrespectful behavior: 
    • Rude, impolite, or ill mannered attitude or actions toward others; 
    • Vulgar language including insults, swearing, name-calling, or slanderous remarks; 
    • Gossiping, or untruthful communication;
    • Threats of violence;
    • Discriminatory jokes and language;
    • Personal insults and microaggressions, especially those using racist or sexist terms;
    • Non-consensual touch;
    • Unwelcome sexual attention; to include but not limited to sharing sexually explicit or violent material via electronic devices or other means;
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Be knowledgeable: We explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have significance to the communities we serve. We seek to be well-informed and to share our knowledge in approachable ways. We recognize not everyone possesses our knowledge and that we do not possess all of the knowledge of others. We respect where others are in their unique learning journeys. 

  • Be communicative: Constructive, timely, solutions-oriented communication is the pillar of understanding and the first step of forward action. GCM expects everyone to first assume positive intent in any given situation. We call each other into conversation rather than calling one another out. 

Our work extends beyond our physical farmers' markets. As valued members of the GCM community, all are expected to act in coordination with this community commitment whenever engaged with or representing the organization. 

If a member of the GCM community has experienced a violation of this community commitment, the issue should be shared with our team at in order for action to be taken.