The modern community garden movement took hold in the U.S. in the 1970’s as community groups in urban spaces sought to create a deeper connection to their food sources, increase their self-reliance, and build communal green spaces to break up the urban landscape.
Many communities along the Front Range are far ahead of Colorado Springs in addressing the desire for more places for neighborhoods to grow their own food. Pikes Peak Urban Gardens was formed by gardener Larry Stebbins in the winter of 2007 in response to the need for more community gardens in the Pikes Peak region.
In the fall of 2008, PPUG became an initiative of Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Since that time PPUG has built over a dozen community gardens; assisted schools, churches, and other organizations in their garden projects; facilitated projects to support more local agriculture; and provided gardening education to thousands of local residents.
Pikes Peak Urban Gardens became an independent non-profit on January 1, 2017 and we thank the Pikes Peak Community Foundation for helping us get to where we are today!
We are fortunate to have an office, library, and education conference center at the city of Colorado Springs’ Sustainacenter, across the street from one of our newest community gardens at Mid Shooks Run.
In May of 2018, founder Larry Stebbins retired from PPUG. We are grateful for the foundation he laid that enables us to create more opportunities for people to grow healthy, delicious food.
As we enter our second decade as an organization, PPUG will continue to strive to create more places where people meet to grow food, community, and sustainable green spaces in the Pikes Peak region.