Community Garden

Planting Manhattan's Garden... Together

Land is provided by the City of Manhattan and RIley County.
The project is supervised by UFM

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2015 Garden Signups!!!!

Plot rental fees have increased for the first time in 10+ years. Be sure to check the new fee before paying for your plot. Income guidelines for reduced fees.

Returning Gardeners:

Dec. 2, 2014(Tuesday) 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Pottorf Hall, 1710 Avery Ave. Cico Park
Jan. 12, 2015(Tuesday) 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at UFM, 1221 Thurston
Or complete the application and mail with your check. There is a new fee schedule for 2015. If you know your plot number, you can check the fee here

**UFM will accept returning garden walk-in registrations beginning Nov. 10.**

You may call UFM at 539-8763 with questions.

New Gardeners:

February 10, 2015 (Tuesday) 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Pottorf Hall, 1710 Avery Ave. Cico Park
February 23, 2015 (Monday) 6:00 - 7:00 pm at UFM

March 10, 2015 (Tuesday) 6:00 - 7:00 pm at UFM

Volunteer Opportunity Information:

Work Days and Socials:

March 7 Work Day Only
Aug. 8 Work Day Only
April 4 + Social Sept.5 + Social
May 9 + Social Oct. 10 + Social
June 6 + Social Nov. 7 + Annual Meeting
July 11  


Other Volunteer Opportunities:
Mowing
Riley Lane - March/April; May; June; July; August; Sept./Oct
Collins Lane - Push Mower - March/April; May; June; July; August; September; October
Collins Lane - Riding Mower - March/April; May; June; July; August; September; October

Equipment Committee
Tilling Committee
Compost/Mulch Committee

Board Assigned - 9th Street Flower Bed; Garden Show; Registration Aide; Newsletter; Building Picnic tables; Emergency garden assistance;
Other volunteer work approved by the Board.

Community Garden Plot application.
Garden Rules

Plot Rental Price List
Prices vary by plot on Riley Lane. Fees on Collins Lane are $37.50 per plot at full pay and $18.75 for low income gardeners.
Income Guidelines for Reduced Fees
Call UFM at 785-539-8763 for more information.

Returning Gardeners: Call UFM with a credti card at 539-8763 or mail a check with your completed application to UFM, 1221 Thurston, Manhattan, KS 66502. New gardeners must attend a signup event listed above.

Garden Plot Application
Riley Lane Garden Map
Collins Lane Garden Map
Map to Collins Lane Location

Community Garden Rules

Community GardensThe Manhattan Community Garden is a cooperative gardening project located in the south part of Manhattan, Kansas. Land is provided by the City of Manhattan and Riley County. UFM Community Learning Center supervises the project. Garden sites are located in southern Manhattan at 9th and Riley Lane and at 1435 Collins Lane. 260 full and half sized plots are currently available on an annual basis. A small plot rental fee is charged to cover costs of operating the program. Rent is charged on a sliding fee scale to allow all income groups to participate. Water, mulch, tools, and advice are available.

A plot rental fee is charged based on income and ranges from 2 1/2 cents to 6 cents per square foot. A $20.00 per plot deposit for cleanup is also required.

Contact the Community Garden: communitygarden@tryufm.org

 

CROP Walk - Donations from the CROP Walk allow the Community Garden to offer a sliding scale for plot rental fees, It also allows us to purchase supplies and plant materials that benefit all in the Garden.
Please make a donation to the CROP Walk when you sign up for a plot.

 

Garden History

The Manhattan Community Garden began in 1974 with a mini grant from ACTION, coordinated by UFM. Basic gardening supplies were purchased. The land was purchased by Urban Renewal and was 150 ft from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. This space was zoned as green space for the next 20 years. No change has been made since that time.

The City and many volunteers cleared the old houses and trees from the site. A local nursery provided a tractor and fertilizer to turn the soil. The city agreed to install water meters and spigots at the site. The City agreed to donate water. A local bank donated seeds for the first year.

The first year they had 60 plots planted.

A shed was donated by a developmental center and a small grant from Social Rehabilitation Services assisted during the first years. A children’s garden was added next to the main garden in 1979. A new shed was donated by D&R Construction in 2004.

The lease on the 2 acres of gardening space is held by UFM Community Learning Center and renewed by the City of Manhattan every five years. A new site was added in 2012. This site, at 1435 Collins Lane is leased from Riley County and is open to anyone in the county. .

Currently the Riley Lane Garden has 104 plots. Collins Lane currently has 156 plots. A plot rental is charged on a sliding scale to cover garden expenses.

  • For more information, call UFM at (785) 539-8763 or e-mail info@tryufm.org.
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