Planting Manhattan's Garden... Together
Land is provided by the City of Manhattan and RIley County.
The project is supervised by UFM
New Gardener Sign Up:
Walk in registrations will be accepted at UFM, 1221 Thurston, during office hours, 8:30 am - Noon or 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Future training will be announced through email.
Volunteer Opportunity Information:
Work Days and Socials:
Aug. 10 + Social
|April 6 + Social||Sept. + Social|
|May 4 + Social||Oct. 5+ Social|
|June 8 + Social||Nov. 9 + Social - Annual Meeting|
|July 13 + Social|
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
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
Board Assigned - 9th Street Flower Bed; Garden Show; Registration Aide; Newsletter; Building Picnic tables; Emergency garden assistance; Other work approved by the Board.
2013 Community Garden Plot application.
2013 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.
Riley Lane Garden Map
Collins Lane Garden Map
Map to Collins Lane
Community Garden Rules
The 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.
- View Community Garden Newsletters
- Minutes of Community Garden Board Meetings
- CROP Walk Information
About the Collins Lane Gardens
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 2013 CROP Walk when you sign up for a plot.
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 is being added in 2012. This site, at 1435 Collins Lane is leased from Riley County and is open to anyone in the county. It will follow similar rules and have similar plot rental fees.
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 email@example.com.