Manitowoc Community Garden

A project of Grow It Forward Inc.

2020 Update

Manitowoc Community Garden

Official Statement

After much deliberation, the Grow It Forward board has made the difficult decision to end our involvement in the Manitowoc Community Garden. This decision was made as a result of several factors.

The Manitowoc Community Garden began in 2002 and has moved location several times. Currently on 6 acres of land south of Faith Free Church, the garden has faced many struggles. In the 2019 growing season, the garden no longer had access to a tractor or someone to plow the land, water needed to be brought in for the crops, and plot sizes were much smaller than in the past.

With all the difficulties of the 2019 season and the added difficulty of communicating plans during the Covid-19 pandemic, the garden is closing. We regret that this decision had to be made without your input as gardeners. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we felt it was better to prioritize everyone's safety and well-being by not meeting to discuss the garden's closure. We are grateful for your participation in the Manitowoc Community Garden, and wish you well.

Amber L. Daugs
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Grow It Forward Inc.
Grow It Forward Inc.|PO Box 562 |Manitowoc, WI 54221-0562
920.645.9467 | |

Thank You Faith Church!

On behalf of the gardeners, we express our great appreciation to Faith Church for the generous contribution of their land for use as a garden by dozens and dozens of families over last decade. All members of Faith Church should know that this ministry has enabled numerous families to be self-sufficient and to contribute to our local economy.

Possible Alternative Garden Options

Contact the Farm Service Agency for financial assistance in purchasing land and equipment of their own. 920-683-5119.

Reach out to other farmers throughout the county as many also rent land.

United Ministries shared that they have 6 acres available in St. Nazianz. 920-773-2104.

Garden Items

If there are stakes, jugs or any other items left at the garden site that you would like to keep, retrieve them as soon as possible. If there is something missing that you left at the site, call or text Ron at 414-704-4571 and we may be able to help you locate it.

If any gardeners would like a 55 gallon blue water barrel or a 250 gallon square water tank, call or text Ron at 414-704-4571.

Please help pass this information on to any gardeners that don't speak English or who do not have Internet and email access. Thanks!

Updated: Mon Apr 20 10:26:25 CDT 2020

Gardeners with church in background.

Ron Kossik, Coordinator (Volunteer)
414-704-4571 (with texting)

Amber Daugs, CEO, Grow It Forward Inc.
920-645-9467 (with texting)

 Fee Schedule 

Plot Size Cost
25x25 $ 30.00
50x50 $ 50.00
(1/8 Acre)
$ 75.00

Soil Analysis
Soil Sample Areas Map

Soil Analysis Results

Current Map (with plot dimensions and availability)

2016 Site Map

The Manitowoc Community Garden gratefully recognizes
the support of these organizations:

Faith Evangelical Free Church

The Manitowoc Company

Roorbach's Flowers and Garden Center

Lowe's Home Improvement Center

Herald Times Reporter

Rustic Iron Tractor Club

City of Manitowoc

Manitowoc County

Valid HTML 4.01!     Valid CSS!