The Bromwell School Garden gives our students and greater school community an opportunity to learn more about the life cycle of the food we eat. The garden is managed and maintained by parent volunteers with support from Denver Urban Gardens and Slow Food Denver. Our goal is to raise healthy food for our students and give them hands-on experience in the joys and challenges of gardening. Additionally, the garden provides organic produce, harvested by Bromwell students, to the school cafeteria through the Denver Public School’s Garden to Cafeteria program. We fund all of these garden activities through farmer’s markets featuring produce from the school garden and our always popular pumpkin sale in October.
The garden consist of six large plots dedicated to the school, four community plots for Denver Urban Gardens members, and six small plots for Bromwell families selected via lottery every spring. We also have a pumpkin patch and fruit tree orchard adjacent to the main garden. We’re always looking for additional helping hands – green thumbs not required! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learning Landscapes is a forward-thinking program at the University of Colorado Denver that connects the design and construction of urban public spaces with healthy initiatives. Bromwell received one of the first LL designs offered in all of DPS in 1998 when a group of parents, elementary school students, school staff and faculty members, neighbors, local businesses owners, and landscape architecture graduate students turned our grounds “into a dynamic environment for learning,” according to Lois Brink. Read her paper on the project, Transforming Inner-City School Grounds: Lessons from Learning Landscapes. Our areas of particular benefit from LL include the two playgrounds and the grasslands area just south of the building.
Our Learning Landscape group serves to maintain the grounds for the benefit of the students. In 2011, we planted almost 2,000 bulbs (tulips, iris, daffodils and muscari) along the basketball courts, the western playground and outside of the arch. Each student in the school learned about bulbs and planted at least one bulb each. This learning and ground improvement opportunity was made available by our local Whole Foods’ ‘bag donate’ program.