Here are a few of the local organizations that are working to make Lawrence green and growing!
City of Lawrence: The city of Lawrence provides resources, education and assistance for local lawn and garden care. Some of their services include: free or low-cost mulch and compost, compost and yard waste bins, instructions for mulch mowing, worm composting and more. For more information, contact the Solid Waste division at 785-832-3032.
Common Ground Program: 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. Contact email@example.com or call 785-330-2873 for more information.
Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners: Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who help educate the public about horticulture. The Master Gardeners offer classes and workshops on a variety of horticulture-related topics throughout the year, as well as a hotline for gardening questions (April through October; 1-4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Contact: 785-843-7058, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the office at 2110 Harper Street in Lawrence.
Food Policy Council: The Douglas County Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County. The Douglas County Food Policy Council meets every third Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at various locations throughout our Douglas County food system. All meetings are open to the public. Contact: Kim Criner Ritchie, Sustainability and Food Systems Analyst, email@example.com, 785-832-5157
Kansas Native Plant Society: The Kansas Native Plant Society encourages awareness and appreciation of the native plants of Kansas in their habitats and in our landscapes by promoting education, stewardship, and scientific knowledge. Contact: 785-864-3453
Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition: The Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition (KVNPC) coordinates the efforts of organizations promoting the greater use and appreciation of native plant systems through public education, collaboration, and demonstration. A calendar of regional environmental events is available here. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resilient Activist: The Resilient Activist provides community-building programs that offer inspiration, self-care, and mental health support. Their programs are immersed in deep nature-connection and designed to nourish positive ecological change.
Sunrise Project: The Sunrise Project seeks to empower people and build a socially just community through engagement with food and the environment. They offer workshops, a community garden and orchard, and a licensed commercial kitchen to support the growth of a robust local food system. Contact: email@example.com