Common Ground Program
NEW! 2014 season application materials now available! (below)
The Common Ground Program is a community gardening and urban agriculture program created by the City of Lawrence in 2012. The Common Ground Program’s goal is to transform vacant or under-utilized city properties into vibrant sites of healthy food production for our citizens.
In addition to increasing the availability of fresh, healthy produce in our city’s neighborhoods, these gardens have impacts far beyond their boundaries. In exchange for receiving a free license for use of city property, each grower/applicant creates a Community Benefit Plan for their project.
View Common Ground Program Sites in a larger map
These have resulted in 550 lbs of produce donated to local food pantries, field trips for student groups, and community gardening class topics from compost to tree pruning.
Common Ground Sites:
- Garden Incubator at John Taylor Park (7th and Walnut)
- PermaCommons (1304 Pennsylvania)
- Penn St. Community Garden (1313 Pennsylvania St.)
- The Lawrence Community Orchard (830 Garfield St.)
- JCCC Student Farm (815 Oak)
- Pearl Clark Community Garden (639 Illinois St.)
- Incubator Farm at 24/40
NEW! 2014 Season Application Materials:
- 2014 Request for Applications (PDF)
- 2014 Common Ground Program Rules and Procedures (PDF)
- Sample Land License Agreement (PDF)
- Link to interactive map of available sites for lease in 2014
Contact Eileen Horn, Sustainability Coordinator