"Creating Places Where People Meet to Grow"
Pikes Peak Urban Gardens
is a proud program of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Our mission is to:"cultivate, educate, and serve the community throughurban garden projects in the Pikes Peak region".
Come Join Pikes Peak Urban Gardens in Encouraging More of Your Neighbors to Grow Their Own Food!
If you are a gardener in the Colorado Springs area and want to help organize a few other gardeners in your neighborhood, we can help. Please read on...
The Pikes Peak Backyard Garden Project helps neighborhoods organize small groups of 3 to 10 gardening families into what we call a “Growing Pod”. We help offer advice, connect you with local garden centers to get you the best deals on your garden supplies, enroll you in our bi-monthly “Tips and Suggestions” gardening newsletter and more!
It costs you nothing to get involved!
Here is what we are asking. If you are a backyard gardener we would like to schedule a date in mid to late July, 2014 to meet all of you that are interested in locating 3 to 10 other gardeners (or folks that wish to garden) within walking distance from your home. The time and place will be announced once we know how many are interested. If it is just a few we will meet at a coffee shop. If it is a sizable number we will rent a school auditorium. At the meeting we will meet each other and explain some of the benefits of having your neighborhood become a “Growing Pod”.
Our mission is to get neighborhoods growing again! By having neighborhoods work together you can share tips, maybe swap vegetables of perhaps grow more food than you need and sell at market outlets arranged through Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.
The diagram below shows just how this will work.
If you are interested in hearing more at a meeting in mid to late July, 2014, please e-mail Larry at: Larry @ppugardens.org by the end of October, 2014
We believe the desire and enthusiasm is here now to launch this very ambitious project. Let's help our city become a bit more food self-sufficient. Please join us on this journey.
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The Backyard Vegetable
"A Monthly Primer for the Organic Gardener
in the Colorado Front Range and Beyond"
by Larry Stebbins
There are over 600 full color pictures!
This monthly organic vegetable gardening guide leads the beginner and veteran gardener through the seasons. It begins with how to plan and design a garden to many other tips and suggestions that will ensure a bountiful harvest. Although it was written primarily for the Colorado front range, it is widely applicable to most mid to northern states.
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Design, Editing, Support, Training and More...
Ranch Foods Direct is a sponsor of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens
Chicken Coup Completed
A Brief Look at Some of Our Projects
PPUG is operating a 2100 sq ft greenhouse located on the city greenhouse site off of Mesa Rd. The harvest is shared with Seeds Community Cafe, LiveWell Colorado Springs and the rest is sold at public markets. Pictured, center, is Sean Svette, Lead Gardener for PPUG. In the back is Katy Short, one of PPUG's seasonal interns, to the left is our board member, Todd Erickson.
The Harrison families together to grow their own food. The Harrison School District has close to 70% of its students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
We are 100% organic, biodynamic and chemical free!
Starting June 1: Every Thursday and Saturday
9 AM - Noon
Come browse, taste and if you like, buy some of our fresh organic produce to take home.
Projects of PPUG
Today most of our food comes from over 1250 miles away. We all know that this can not continue to be affordable.
Since 1945 there has been a tenfold increase in the use of chemical pesticides on our food. Many want to eat pesticide free food.
Each year the number of acres of land used to produce food in the U. S. is decreasing. This forces us to obtain our food from foreign sources. These sources may not be dependable in the near future.
Today 19 cents of every dollar spent on food goes back to the farm. In 1975 that amount was 40 cents. There is less financial incentive to become a farmer today. Only 1% of our population today are farmers, compared to about 90% at the turn of the century. Who is going to grow our food if we don't?