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The Common Ground Program is a community gardening and urban agriculture program created by the City of Lawrence in 2012. The City leases vacant or under-utilized properties to citizens for free, with one rule – the sites must be used to grow food. An Incubator Farm at the edge of town provides low-cost, larger tract rentals for beginning market growers. This past year, our gardens, farms and orchards were tended by 130 growers, supported by 600 volunteers, and generated nearly 1000 lbs in produced donated to those in need in our community. Read the 2017 End of Season Report

Looking for information about what you can grow on your own property? Check out the City’s Urban Agriculture Guidelines, here:

Common Ground Sites

  • Garden Incubator at John Taylor Park (7th & Walnut): Community garden with plots for adults and children to rent. Project Coordinator: Aimee Polson (
  • PermaCommons (1304 Pennsylvania St.): Cooperatively-managed permaculture demonstration garden. Volunteers can participate and share produce. Project Coordinator: Laura O’Dell (
  • Penn St. Community Garden (1313 Pennsylvania St.): Community garden. Offers 10×10 and 10×20 garden plots for rent. Project Coordinator: Emma Hauser (
  • Pearl Clark Community Garden (639 Illinois St.): Community garden with plots for rent. Project Coordinator: Denise Detommaso (
  • Little Prairie Community Garden (Peterson Rd. and N. Iowa St.): Community garden with plots for rent. Project Coordinators: Danielle Brunin and Bridget Meier ( &
  • Just Food Community Garden and Farm (817 Oak St.): A community garden with plots for rent plus a startup farm plot for Just Food clients. Project Coordinator: Aundrea Shafer (
  • The Lawrence Community Orchard (830 Garfield St.): Cooperatively-managed orchard for free picking. Volunteers needed. Project Coordinator: Melissa Freiburger (
  • Oread Friends Garden/Farm (1146 Oregon St.): This site is currently being rented by a neighborhood resident for personal consumption. 
  • Incubator Farm at 24/40: An incubator farm where local small vegetable farm businesses can rent larger tracts to get off the ground. Contact for more information. **Note: there is a $100/acre fee for rental of space at the Incubator Farm. 

Join the Common Ground Program

Are you interested in joining Common Ground in 2019? We’re looking forward to another great year of community gardens and local food production. We will update this page with 2019 program information in the New Year. Thanks!

Contact Helen Schnoes, Sustainability & Food Systems Planner
(785) 832-5157