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Success Stories in Sustainability: The Common Ground Program (CM | 1.5)
August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Common Ground Program is a community gardening and urban agriculture program created by the city of Lawrence, Kan. In the winter of 2011, the city surveyed its vacant and underutilized properties, identified appropriate sites for agriculture and made these sites available through an application process for citizens. During the 2012 growing season, five pilot sites were opened to the public through partnerships with neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations and schools. The five sites include two neighborhood community gardens, a youth-focused garden in a city park, a community orchard for free picking, and a market farm coordinated by college and middle school students. This webinar will provide an overview of the Common Ground Program, an outline the goals of the project goals, community benefits and lessons learned. The webinar will also provide insight on funding sources and potential partnerships that other communities or organizations may utilize in pursuing similar efforts.
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