It's not too late to start gardening for this year! It's also not too late to find a plot of earth and commission your very own community garden. It will take time and a lot of work, but if you've been thinking about getting to know your neighbors and making a difference planting a garden is a great way to start. And there is no doubt that Colorado is a great place to do it.
I found an excellent website that answers basic questions and starts you on your journey toward fresh produce and friendly conversation with your neighbors and friends. Keep in mind, between planning and planting this could take a couple of months (could be more or less depending on how things work in your particular community).
If you want to try this on a smaller scale this year, you could talk to just a few friends or neighbors who might be interested and determine if one of you has a plot of yard suitable to try a garden. Start with just a few plants or herbs and see how it goes. If you are planting into May you will definitely want to use plants from your local nursery. But it's not too late to plant seeds in pots indoors. Herbs are easy to start in pots and even if they never make it outside, they can work perfectly well in a sunny spot in your home.
A community garden is in my future... probably not this year. When it happens, you will know. If you have done a community garden in the past or are planning on starting one in the future please tell us about it.