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July 2013

Gardeners & City of Lawrence find “Common Ground� By Eileen Horn, Sustainability Coordinator, Douglas County & City of Lawrence In the fall of 2011, conditions were ripe for establishing a community gardening and urban agriculture program in the city of Lawrence: The Douglas County Food Policy Council had just completed their food system report which showed that 10,000 Lawrence residents lack access to healthy foods. Bob Schumm, an avid gardener had just been appointed Mayor. And there was a community-wide interest in increasing access to healthier, locally-grown foods. The Common Ground Program was born.




Program is a community gardening and




created by the city to transform vacant



properties into



sites of

healthy food production for our citizens. properties,

The City surveyed its picked



appropriate for food production, and then made them available for license to city residents. Through an annual



residents can propose their ideas for creating a community garden, orchard, or farm on the site. In addition to increasing the availability of fresh, healthy produce in our city’s neighborhoods, these 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. These have resulted in 550 lbs of produce donated to local food pantries, field trips for student groups, and community gardening class topics from compost to tree pruning.

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July 2013 Currently we have seven


Ground sites in the program, each one unique in its focus and audience they serve: 


Incubator at John Taylor



and Walnut) – a community garden that



engaging residents and



food production. 

PermaCommons (1304 Pennsylvania) – a garden that utilizes the principles of permaculture to grow food in a cooperatively-managed setting.

Penn St. Community Garden (1313 Pennsylvania St.) – a community garden with individual plots for rent.

The Lawrence Community Orchard (830 Garfield St.) – an open-for-picking community orchard that features an educational kiosk and signage to educate residents about Kansas-appropriate fruit trees.

JCCC Student Farm (815 Oak) – a farm for students in the Johnson County Community College Sustainable Agriculture certificate program to hone their growing skills.

New in 2013! Pearl Clark Community Garden (639 Illinois St.) – a community garden with individual plots for rent.

New in 2013! Incubator Farm at 24/40 – a farm leased by three small market growers, with space to develop their small vegetable production businesses. To learn more about the Common Ground program, or to apply for your site, visit:

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July 2013

Center for Sustainability hires Surplus Operations Coordinator The Center for Sustainability recently promoted Sam Pepple to the position of Surplus Operations Coordinator. Pepple has worked for the University of Kansas Surplus Program as a General Maintenance Repair Technician (GMRT) since 2007. As a GMRT, Pepple has coordinated surplus purchasing and disposal for campus departments, facilitated surplus donations to area non-profit agencies, and organized food, clothing, and item pick ups for student move out. To date, Pepple has assisted in placing 7000 items back onto campus or to area nonprofits, diverting over 350,000 lbs and 3000 cubic yards of products from the landfill. In his new position, he will work to expand KU Surplus, making it an even more comprehensive campus program.

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July 2013

Live Sustainably Upcoming Campus and Community Events 7/20 Lawrence Community Bike Ride 8:00 AM (time of certain activities varies) The Rotary Arboretum by the YSC Soccer fields 7/27 Running for Food, Running for Health 5k 7:00 AM West Middle School 8/24 Gardening 102 Class 9:00 AM—12:00 PM Douglas County Fair Grounds 8/25 Volunteers Needed: Recycling at KU Soccer 1:00 PM Jayhawk Soccer Complex Contact to help.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

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July 2013 KU Recycling collects the following materials at most locations.



Includes: White Paper Pastel Colored Paper Brochures Stapled Books Envelopes Manila File Folders Junk Mail Greeting Cards Heavy Weight Paper

Does Not Include: Newsprint Cardboard or Chipboard Paper or Styrofoam Cups Napkins of Tissues Food Contaminated Paper Magazines or Glossy Paper Books with Glued Binding Paper Bags

Includes: Aluminum cans ONLY

Steel or Tin Cans

STEEL CANS Includes: Steel (tin) cans ONLY

NEWSPAPER Includes: All Newsprint

Does Not Include: Magazines or Glossy Paper Phone Books or Catalogs

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD Includes: Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Corrugated Packaging

Does Not Include: Soiled Pizza Boxes Waxy Cardboard Any boxes that have food contamination

CHIPBOARD Includes: Other Paperboard Packaging

Does Not Include: Corrugated Cardboard

MAGAZINES Includes: Magazines Glossy Paper

Does Not Include: Aluminum Cans Bottles of any kind Sheet or Scrap Metal

TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES & CATALOGS Includes campus and municipal phone books and catalogs with similar construction (heavy-weight cover with newspaper-like pages)

Mixed Paper Grades of paper not listed above, including journals, hard-back books and glue-bound books should be recycled separately from other materials.

Shredded Paper Does Not Include: Junk Mail Phone Directories

#1— #7 PLASTICS Any #1-#7 plastic (salad bar take-out, plastic packaging etc)

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Does Not Include: Foil Food Wrappers

Bags of shredded paper should be tied shut to close bag completely. Do not put shredded overheads or any other type of plastics in with the shredded office pak. DO NOT put shredded paper in, or stack on top of or next to the regular recycling bins. Instead, contact KU Recycling for a special collection.

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Sustainability Spotlight - July 2013  
Sustainability Spotlight - July 2013  

The newsletter of the University of Kansas Center for Sustainability. This issue focuses on the Common Ground Community Garden project in La...