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Common Ground is a community gardening and urban agriculture program. It was created by the City of Lawrence in 2012. The City leases under-utilized properties to residents for free, with one rule - grow food. An Incubator Farm at the edge of town provides low-cost, larger tract rentals for beginning market growers. In past years, our 9 gardens, farms and orchards were tended by over 270 community members, hosted 35 events, and generated over 1500 lbs in produced donated to those in need. Read the 2018 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

Use the interactive map to locate and learn more information about each of the Common Ground sites.

Join the Common Ground Program

The City of Lawrence invites residents to join Common Ground in 2021 for its 10th season! There are a number of ways that community members can participate in this program that connects folks with healthy, local food and provides spaces for building community connections. Choose which of the options below most appeals to you and fill out the form questions below. If you have any questions, reach out to us at

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