Our Services

The core mission of Topeka Common Ground is to support and promote the establishment and maintenance of sustainable, environmentally friendly Community Gardens in all of Shawnee County, Kansas. As part of that mission, we work to ensure that community gardens in Shawnee County have access to the resources that they need for growing and managing their gardens. Working with and through local partners, we  distribute free garden seeds, seed potatoes, onion sets and cole crop seedlings (such as: cabbage and broccoli) in the early spring; tomato and pepper plants in early May and sweet potato slips in June to our affiliated community gardens. When we have funds available, we also offer mini-grants to help cover other garden costs and expenses. 

Community Gardens that choose to become Affiliate Gardens with us are eligible to participate in our seed and seedling distributions, and to apply for mini-grants when they are available.  If you have a community garden located in Shawnee County, Kansas and would like to become a Topeka Common Ground Affiliate Garden, please see our Affilliate Garden page for more detail and a link to apply. Come grow with us!

Seedlings

Working with and through local partners, we distribute seed potatoes, onion sets and cole crop seedlings (such as: cabbage and broccoli) in the early spring; tomato and pepper plants in early May and sweet potato slips in June to our affiliated community gardens.

Seedlings provided by Topeka Common Ground, Inc. are grown by Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, or purchased through regional wholesale growers and distributors.




Free Garden Seeds

In the years preceding the COVID*19 pandemic, Topeka Common Ground, Inc., in partnership with K-State County Research and Extension — Shawnee County SNAP-Ed, held annual Seed Fairs to provide free garden seeds to non-commercial growers. In 2022, we will be resuming distribution of free garden seeds on a more limited basis. As we re-organize and re-structure to focus more narrowly on our core mission of serving and supporting area community gardens, free seed distribution will be limited to our Affiliate Community Gardens. Gardens that have registered as TCG Affiliates will be notified of the date, time and location where seed distribution will take place.

The garden seeds that we distribute are obtained through donations from various seed companies and local retailers.

Mini-Grants

When we have sufficient funds available, we offer a small number of mini-grants to help our affiliate gardens cover the costs of needed tools or supplies for their gardens. Mini-grant applications are usually released in late Winter or early Spring. All Affiliate Gardens will be notified when mini-grant application periods are opened.