Common Ground is a collaboration of Fair Food Matters, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Kalamazoo County MSU Extension/Master Gardeners and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. This new program is designed to support community garden projects throughout Kalamazoo County, with a special emphasis on those that serve low-income and food-insecure residents.
Using funds from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation/Greater Kalamazoo United Way Lifeline grant (and numerous other sources), the program offers resources to organizations and individuals who wish to start or improve community gardens in Kalamazoo County. These resources include land, garden tools, topsoil and compost, plants and seeds, education and outreach, and funding.
Common Ground is a community-wide effort to promote and support gardening in neighborhoods, schools, churches and shared properties throughout Kalamazoo County.
Information and resource sharing are at the heart of this informal network, which will provide free classes, tool lending, grants and even the prospect of land acquisition and improvement, thanks to community funds and support of organizations that recognize the value of gardens in community development.
Fair Food Matters, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, the Michigan State University Extension Service, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation are among the organizations working to align resources to help elevate the importance of community gardening.
For more information about Common Ground, visit the website: commongroundkalamazoo.com