Topeka Common Ground makes a point of ensuring community gardens in the Topeka area have the seedlings they need for the goals of their gardens. Working with and through local partners we make many gardens a reality. We distribute seed potatoes, onion sets and cole crops, such as: cabbage and broccoli seedlings in the early spring; tomato and pepper plants in early May and sweet potato slips in June.  We have also had numerous successful annual Free Seed Fairs to distribute seeds to non-commercial growers and awarded a number of Mini-Grants to deserving community gardens. Come grow with us!

Shawnee County Parks and Recreation is one of our generous partners.

If you have a community garden and don’t receive seedlings and services from Topeka Common Ground, please contact us to get on our list: There is no membership requirement and all services are free for community gardens.

Seedlings provided by Topeka Common Ground, Inc. and K-State SNAP-Ed Garden to Plate program are grown by Shawnee County Master Gardeners and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.  

Free Seed Fair

Pre COVID*19, Topeka Common Ground, Inc., in partnership with K-State County Research and Extension — Shawnee County SNAP-Ed, held Free Seed Fairs to provide seeds to non-commercial growers. This was done with the hope of encouraging gardening and sharing of produce with friends, neighbors, co-workers and food pantries. Not sure where to share…please click to visit a map of Mobile and Stationary Food Pantries, Meal Sites, Blessing Boxes, and more food distribution sites.

The Free Seed Fair will resume once it can be held in a safe manner.