Barbra has lived in Colorado Springs for over 20 years, and she loves her community! Bringing people together, especially over homegrown or locally sourced meals, is her favorite thing to do. She taught for many years at Pikes Peak Community College, and she most recently managed community partnerships for Whole Foods Market. She is an avid backyard gardener, and her new favorite recipe is Green Tomato Mole Jam.
He loves to teach garden classes and share his over 45 years experience as an organic gardener. Folks come to his presentations to learn and hopefully to see one of his homemade "crazy garden videos". He is the author of, "Backyard Vegetable Gardening Guide, A Monthly Primer for the Organic Gardener in the Colorado Front Range and Beyond". People ask if he loves to garden. His reply, "It is more than that. I have to garden".
Pikes Peak Urban Gardens was formed in the winter of 2007 in response to the need for more community gardens in the Pikes Peak region.
Larry Stebbins, retired educator, botanist and life-long organic gardener, is the founder of PPUG. Many communities like Denver are far ahead of Colorado Springs in addressing the desire for more places for neighborhoods to grow their own food.
In the fall of 2008, PPUG became an initiative of Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF). Since that time PPUG has assisted several communities start gardens, help incubate two urban farms, start a "No Vendor Fee" Farmers Market for small farms, start a 1 acre demonstration and Pick n Pay garden on the west side of the Springs and given numerous talks to over 7000 people in the Pikes Peak region. In 2012 PPUG operated a 42 ft off-the-grid domed greenhouse at Galileo School of Math and Science in Colorado Springs. District Eleven has now taken over the growing production. The food is being grown and used in the school's lunch program!
In 2016 we partnered with Penrose Hospital to grow fresh, organic food for the hospital kitchen.
As of January 1, 2017 Pikes Peak Urban Gardens became an independent non-profit. Thank you Pikes Peak Community Foundation for all you did for us to get us to where we are today!
We are fortunate to have an office, library and education conference center at the city of Colorado Springs' Sustainacenter. We are excited about all the new possibilities that we have in front of us.
Come watch us grow!