About Common Ground Kalamazoo

Common Ground Kalamazoo is a collaboration of the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo County MSU Extension/Master Gardeners and other supporting organizations. This program is designed to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County, with a special emphasis on those that serve low-income and food-insecure residents.

woman pushing wheelbarrowCommon Ground got it’s start using funds from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation 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, soil, plants and seeds, education and outreach. 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 network, which provides 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.

The Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Michigan State University Extension Service, and other area organizations are working to align resources to help elevate the importance of community gardening.