Bromwell’s Slow Food Garden grows alongside a very active and generous Community Garden. This past summer Bromwell was able to create a school garden plot next to the community plot with the help of local sponsors, a Noodles grant and wonderful Slow Food volunteers. With the help of Denver Urban Gardens, Bromwell was able to expand the community garden by 2 full plots and 2 half plots (about 1,000 square feet) as well as a new composting system and tables and sink.
We will use it this spring for planting more produce for the Garden to Cafeteria program. Bromwell has 2 plots that we lottery off each spring to our school community gardeners . We also have 6 small plots for kids and their families to bring out their inner gardener. In exchange for the plots, these folks help us with watering and upkeep during the summer months when we have no school. We have a compost bin and toolbox and two benches that are painted by the students. And we have 2 raised beds for handicap access.
Bromwell’s garden reaches out to the students at school through planting seedlings, getting the garden ready for planting, planting the garden, cooking demonstrations of healthy eating, science classes and after school enrichment classes.
Bromwell works with a local nursery, Rabbit Shadow Farm, by holding a plant sale in the spring that gives back a donation to the school as well as plants to use for the garden. In the fall, Bromwell participates in the Youth Farmers’ Markets, which sell produce from the garden as well as local farmers to the school community and our neighbors.