As a City, we are working to improve our citizens' access to healthy foods.

By spearheading our own innovative community gardening/urban farming program and partnering with community groups, we are actively helping residents grow healthy food close to where they live.

Garden Incubator

Gardeners gather at the Garden Incubator at John Taylor Park, one of the many community gardens that make up the City’s Common Ground program.

 

Community garden

Common Ground Program

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In 2011, the City established an initiative for the development of urban agriculture and community gardens in the City of Lawrence. The Common Ground program links interested gardeners and farmers with vacant city-owned properties that they can lease for food production.

The 2014 growing season was incredibly successful! Check out our annual report of the impacts of the Common Ground program.

 

Douglas County Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County.  The Council advises both the City Commission and County Commission on local solutions to build a robust food economy.

SNAP Matching Program at area Farmers Markets

In April 2014, the City Commission approved funding of a SNAP matching pilot program with Douglas County and Livewell Lawrence.  This program will match SNAP (food stamps) benefits dollar-for-dollar at area farmers markets to increase our citizens' access to healthy foods and support local farmers.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for employees

The City’s employee healthy program (CHAMP) has partnered with area farms to offer a CSA drop-off site in City buildings for employees who want access to fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables.