Here are a few of the local organizations that are working to make Lawrence green and growing!
City of Lawrence Compost Facility, opens a new window: Anyone can self-load compost and woodchips or drop off yard waste at The Wood Recovery and Compost Facility, located at 1420 E 11th St. The site is open to the public Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from March until December, or until materials run out. See the website, opens a new window for pricing guidelines (cash only). Contact the Compost Facility at 785-832-3026 or email@example.com.
City of Lawrence Solid Waste, opens a new window: The Solid Waste Division offers classes, presentations, and tours of both the Composting Facility and Household Hazardous Waste Facility. They are Lawrence's go-to source for all recycling and waste management questions. Contact the Solid Waste division at 785-832-3032.
Common Ground Program: Common Ground 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-330-2873 for more information.
Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners: Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who 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 or email@example.com for more information, or stop by the office at 2110 Harper St. 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. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grassland Heritage Foundation: Grassland Heritage Foundation preserves prairies in eastern Kansas through education, stewardship, and land protection. Contact: email@example.com
Indigenous Community Center, opens a new window: The Indigenous Community Center created Nanasoohannena Farm, opens a new window to increase indigenous sovereignty and teach sustainable and indigenous farming techniques such as dry farming and no till. To learn more about educational opportunities at Nanasoohnnena Farm, contact Robert Hicks at Robert.Hicksicc@gmail.com.
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. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Lands LLC: Native Lands is an environmental consultancy business that provides and promotes native landscape management for everything from your backyard to multi-acre prairies and forests. For additional information, contact Courtney Masterson at For.the.Prairie@gmail.com or 913-207-8034.
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. for questions, contact email@example.com
Botanical Belonging: Based out of Leavenworth County, Botanical Belonging is an educational nonprofit providing native plant education through access to and encouragement of hands on interaction with a wide variety of plant species native to our region.
Cultivate Kansas City: Cultivate Kansas City is a locally-grown nonprofit working to grow food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable and healthy local food system for all. We believe that growing and sharing local food nurtures our ability to care for each other and the world in which we live. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-831-2444.
Kansas City Community Gardens: For over thirty years, KCCG staff have assisted community and backyard gardeners throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area to improve nutrition, reduce food costs, combat obesity, increase physical activity, encourage neighborhood leadership, and promote locally grown and sustainable food. To learn more, contact email@example.com or 816-931-3877.
New Roots for Refugees, opens a new window: Based in downtown Kansas City, KS, New Roots for Refugees is a four year training program which aims to empower families from the refugee community to start farm businesses by growing and selling produce through farmer’s markets, wholesale, and the New Roots Farm Share. For questions not found on their website, 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.