RUTH’s ROAD  URBAN GARDEN  (2011 & 2012)

LOCATION:  near 1st and Butte in Crested Butte

SIZE: 1/2 acre residential lot, converted into an intensively planted vegetable garden

PLOT MANAGERS:   Jonathan Brown,

Greg Pettys, Ben Ewing, Chris Sullivan



The property owner’s asset manager recommended that  the lands use agreement should not be renewed. The lot now sits empty.


beds built and planted

first days

beds built and planted

mid season

height of growing season

[photo: Xavi Fane]

height of the harvest

sprouting seeds

Urban Garden Plot Managers  2011 & 2012

Greg Pettys

Chris Sullivan

Ben Ewing

Jonathan Brown

NORTH BOULEVARD AGRICULTURE COLLECTIVE                     (2012 & 2013)

LOCATION:  900 Block of North Boulevard, Gunnison

SIZE: 1/3 acre residential lot

PLOT MEMBERS for 2012:

Jonathan and Beth Coop, Ian Oster, Brain Goldstein, Zach Triesman and Alyssa, Dakota Becker, Steve Schecter, Alec Solemio

STORY:  In 2011 this garden was a traditional community garden.  In 2012, the first Co-Op team converted the beds to intensive (grid) planting, using every bit of available space, including part of a lot across the street. In 2012 and 2013 the garden had 10 members who grew over 2,000 pounds of food.


The property owner decided to build a house, so we are no longer growing on this space.


LOCATION:    28 Gothic Ave, Crested Butte

SIZE: 1/3 acre residential lot, converted into an

intensively planted vegetable garden


Mike Wehmeyer & Chris Sullivan

POUNDS OF FOOD DONATED:  600  (in 2010)

STATUS:   The lot was sold and a new 2800 sq. ft. house is under construction.

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Urban Agriculture

The term “Urban Agriculture” refers to the conversion of yards, open lots, parking lots, and other unused spaces into food-growing spaces. In April 2010,  we converted a 2400- square-foot yard space into our first intensively-planted vegetable garden at 28 Gothic Avenue in Crested Butte.

Previously a lawn, the space produced mixed greens, potatoes, radishes, carrots, herbs, onions, beets, turnips, peas, kale, and a multitude of other foods. Located two blocks from Crested Butte’s main street, our first project is a perfect example of the huge potential urban agriculture has to make our lives more wholesome and sustainable.

In 2011, the lot was sold, and construction was begun on a new house. We scraped our soil and rebuilt our urban garden on a lot about four blocks north, on Ruth’s Road.

The 2011 and 2012 growing season at Ruth’s were incredible. Over 100 individuals contributed time and energy, and over 2,000 pounds of food were grown in what once was weed-covered stony ground.

The property owner’s asset manager recently recommended that the land use agreement should not be renewed, and we will not be able to grow food at Ruth’s Road in 2013.  We’re currently seeking a permanent growing site that will provide much larger acreage and an educational space.   got ideas? >


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Greenhouse Projects

In 2010 and 2011, we partnered with Thistle Whistle Farm and Round Mountain Organics to share greenhouse space for Mountain Roots starts and  growing.  At the end of 2011, we were able to purchase the first Mountain Roots hoophouse through a grant from the County of Gunnison.

Greenhouses provide a place for gardens starts, season extension , and the possibility to grow crops that have longer maturation times or are sensitive to cold climates.

We hope to expand our greenhouse program by constructing additional greenhouses and exploring partnerships with Western State College, schools, and libraries to build and manage greenhouses during the summer when school is not is session.

The greenhouses can serve our education programs for students of all ages. Even in a small greenhouse, students learn about plants as whole systems. They can experiment with water movement, pollination, and nutrition, and explore relationships between plants and insects. They can try to simulate different habitats, and understand how physical factors and climate relate to plant type and growth.


The effect greenhouses can have on our lives is just now being explored. The way we get our food is changing in many respects. As more people become interested in locally grown food and explore organic farming practices, the use of greenhouses to provide a community or even individual homes with food is becoming more common.

Our greenhouse team envisions a large, permanent growing  facility that is constructed with a conscious eye on renewable energy and ecological building practices.   It will utilize and demonstrate environmentally conscious techniques in every aspect of construction, power, and indoor growing.  Perhaps it will also be large enough to house activities and community gatherings, to offer tours to elementary classes, and more.

If you are interested in donating to this effort, or being a part of planning, please contact us.


Tomatoes and cucumbers at Round Mountain Organics, 2011. Many thanks to Nancy Wicks for sharing this amazing space with us that year.        PO Box 323 Gunnison, CO 81230