CSU Extension hosts hands-on workshops at the Teaching Vegetable Garden at Brunner Farmhouse, including the trellising one shown above. Watch for classes throughout the growing season, or stop by anytime to check out the garden and techniques being used there.
Teaching Vegetable Garden at Brunner Farmhouse
While 2022 marks the inaugural growing season for the teaching garden, it is already a community success story on many levels. Made possible by a sponsorship from Olson Outdoors and a partnership with Brunner Farmhouse, the garden not only educates the community about good vegetable-growing practices, but also donates the fruits of the labor to those in need. And wait, there’s more…
In Spring 2022, students from the Broomfield High School class ‘Geometry in Construction’ built the shed outside the garden to meticulously match the appearance of the historic farmhouse.
The garden was created and planted with a focus on access and exploration for all abilities and backgrounds. There are seven raised beds, showcasing vegetable varieties and growing techniques, including a sensory garden and, of course, Broomfield’s namesake, Broomcorn! In the inaugural season of the garden, CSU Extension hosted community classes and outreach activities at the garden like seed starting, trellising and drip irrigation. To stay up to date on new programs at the garden, subscribe to the CSU Extension monthly newsletter.
Keeping the Dream Alive
Wondering who provides the hands-on labor? Colorado Master Gardeners lead the planting and maintenance of the garden, with help from other community volunteers. Garden harvests are donated to Broomfield FISH on a regular basis through Grow and Give, a statewide Modern Victory Garden project from CSU Extension. Visit the Grow and Give website to learn more about growing and donating food from your personal garden, troubleshooting plant problems, and reporting fresh produce donations.
The Teaching Vegetable Garden is located behind the Brunner Farmhouse on the northeast corner of West Midway Blvd. and Main Street. The gardens are open to the public at all times.
Vegetable Garden Resources
CSU Extension and Grow and Give offer many, many gardening-related resources. Here are direct links to a few of the publications found on these websites:
- A-Z Veggie Growing Guides
- Colorado Vegetable Guide / Guia de Vegetales de Colorado
- Drip Irrigation for Home Gardens
- Germination Test Instructions
- Grow & Give Garden Plans
Need some one-on-one gardening advice? Connect with a Broomfield Master Gardener by leaving a message at 303-464-5554, sending an email (and photos!) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or submitting questions using this online form.