Harlan wolfe ranch

Harlan Wolfe Ranch Community Garden

Community Garden Plots Available!


Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 915 W. Cheyenne Rd, CS,  will become a learning lab garden. You pay a fee to lease any amount of garden space (pay by the sq ft). It comes complete with pre-made garden beds, rich organic soil, supply of organic compost and water!  Best of all it also comes with us! We will be your guide to assist you in your growing needs throughout the season. Of course you keep all the veggies you grow! If interested in more info please email us at: info@ppugardens.org. Plots are limited and we are taking reservations for plots now.

Here is how it will work:

Thyme Shares at Harlan Wolfe Ranch
Harlan Wolfe Ranch is located at 915 W. Cheyenne Rd.   We are calling it "Thyme Shares". This one acre organic site is fully fenced. A 4 ft by 8 ft raised garden bed complete with organic soil ready to plant is $100 per season, all other garden beds are charged accordingly. For example a 4 ft by 10 ft garden bed is $125 (no additional charge for water etc. see below):

  • You rent out as much or little space at Harlan Wolfe Ranch as you like.
  • All the food you grow is yours!
  • Water is provided at no extra charge!
  • The raised beds are already built and fully enriched with organic soil.
  • Seeds, from our collection, will be provided for all gardeners at no extra charge!
  • A tool shed with garden tools is available for all to use.The cost is $100 per season for a 4 ft by 8 ft bed. All other sizes are priced out accordingly.
  • Use of the 8 ft by 12 ft three season greenhouse included. 

To build a raised bed in your own backyard, add enriched soil, pay for the water and buy seeds would run you well over $200!
This is a great deal. Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is eager to share their knowledge and experience and teach others how to grow. First come, first served. We need to get 2/3rds of the one acre garden space rented for this to work. Sign up today, pay in the spring.
Please email us if interested or questions at info@ppugardens.org.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, for the past 8 seasons,  has partnered with Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation to establish a viable organic garden on this site. The following is a brief history of this amazing property.

The 100-year old Harlan Wolfe Ranch is one of the earliest homesteads near Cheyenne Canyon. The old brick house was built in 1896 on the site of pioneer settler John Wolfe’s original 1864 cabin, and sits in a 4-acre city park straddling Cheyenne Creek and butting against West Cheyenne Road.

 The undeveloped property was given to the city of Colorado Springs as a public park by Edna Harlan Rodabaugh; great niece of original owners John and Mary Wolfe, after her death in 1995. The property remained fallow, the haunt of mule deer, black bear and occasional walkers, until Pikes Peak Urban Gardens began using its open land as an organic, demonstration garden in 2008.”

John Wolfe, born in 1830 in Ohio, was one of the first residents in Cheyenne Creek Valley. Wolfe, hearing rumors of gold in Pikes Peak country, headed west in 1860 with his brother-in-law William Sturm, traveling for months to Denver in a wagon pulled by oxen. He mined around Breckenridge before heading down to Colorado City, a frontier town on the west side of today’s Colorado Springs. In 1862, he dug an irrigation ditch, and then filed a squatter’s claim for 160 acres the following spring. In November 1864, as a member of the Third Colorado Cavalry, Wolfe participated in the infamous Sand Creek Massacre in eastern Colorado, one of the darkest events in state history.

Wolfe filed a homestead claim in 1873, receiving a deed signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. Over the next 30 years, Wolfe built a prosperous ranch, with a two-story frame house, a couple barns, several outbuildings, two wells, and acquired a lot of additional acreage. He sold some property for residences and donated other plots for Cheyenne School in today’s District 12. In 1893, Wolfe married 43-year-old Mary Worrell née Harlan, the first teacher at Cheyenne School and the widowed daughter of neighboring pioneer Carter Harlan.

Two years later, Wolfe had the historic brick house built on the site of his first cabin. The couple lived there until his death in 1909 and her death in 1930.

The Wolfe house, now surrounded by dense undergrowth, is in remarkably good condition. After Mary Wolfe’s death, several of her descendants lived there and then it was rented. The house has been empty for the last 20 years after the city took over the property. Now a coalition of nonprofits aims to complete a renovation in 2018.

The front part of the park has been planted by Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, paving the way toward food sustainability and local gardening. Raised garden beds fill the garden with onions, potatoes, kale, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, squash, perennial flowers and herbs.