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. The Oread Friends Garden/Farm is a proud project site.
In addition to increasing the availability of fresh, healthy produce in our city’s neighborhoods, Common Ground 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, resulting in over 5,200 lbs of produce donated to local food pantries, field trips for student groups, and community gardening class topics from compost to tree pruning.