May 6, 2021
Why do we need to grow more of our own food? According to local garden expert Larry Stebbins, Colorado Springs is behind many other cities in local food sufficiency. He explains why urban gardening plays a critical role in our resilience and food supply in the face of a growing population and shrinking farmland. He also shares some of the opportunities in the local area for embracing urban farming. This includes the Backyard Garden Project – launched this year – which helps local food-insecure families start their own raised-bed gardens.
Michael Rigny fills us in on a survey and mapping project he and Larry are conducting to help track progress on some of the stretch goals of the 2030 Sustainability Plan – increased regional farming and more people growing their own food.
Ruthie Markwardt of Flying Pig Farm and Colorado Farm and Art Market updates us on current status and plans for the markets.
Slides accompanying Ruthie's CFAM update
The Garden Father (Larry Stebbins’ website)
Backyard Garden Project info
Colorado Farm and Art Market
This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on April 21, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.
May's SIP will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 8 am.
Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community
Partner, Springs Homes.
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