- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Experts say community gardens are taking root in Topeka.

Kansas State extension official Jamie Hancock says she’s familiar with 29 community gardens in Shawnee County, with many of those located in Topeka. She added that during the past year, the efforts “really caught fire.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1xqNOst) reports that K-State Research and Extension is serving as a networking hub for community gardening efforts in the area. Their efforts include teaching gardening skill and getting the word out about grant opportunities that can provide seed money.

K-State Research and Extension also works with Topeka Common Ground. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization coordinates community gardening resources.

Organizations maintaining community gardens include Girl Scout groups, church organizations and residents of senior citizens’ communities.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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