Brunner Farmhouse gears up for garden teaching – Boulder Daily Camera

A brand new garden program is coming to a much-loved historic site in Broomfield.

Brunner Farmhouse, in partnership with Olsen Outdoors, recently built an educational garden that will be used to grow several types of vegetables.

According to master gardener Shari Burton, who was one of the leaders in establishing the garden, adding a vegetable patch to the many gardens already located on the property adds to the historic significance of the farm.

“We (Brunner Farmhouse) got historic designation in 2006 and the idea was to show what a farm looked like from 1910 to 1929,” Burton said. “The farms of that time always had a vegetable garden next to them, so with this we realize the historical, social and cultural plans of this house.”

This plan has been in the works for a few years, said President and Master Gardener Gina Roberti.

According to Roberti, funds for the project were low and once the COVID-19 pandemic started, it was even more difficult to carry out the plan. Fortunately, Brandon Olsen, owner of Olsen Outdoors who built the new educational garden, was happy to contribute to the community in which his business is based.

“I started talking with Mark Brunner about the project and was really interested in the opportunity to give back to the community,” Olsen said. “I also have a Ph.D. and teach at Metro (State University of Denver) in the history department, so when it comes to education, that’s something we’re really invested in.

The program will be led by master gardeners who will guide volunteers through a program of learning the basics of growing herbs, leafy greens and colorful vegetables. There will be beds specifically for children’s classes and the garden has also been designed to be accessible to Americans with Disabilities (ADA).

The newly built educational garden at Brunner Farmhouse in Broomfield. This will be the site of a new gardening program this summer. (Sydney McDonald/Editor)

Roberti said they hope to start soon, but the start date will depend on the weather and when the city reactivates the irrigation systems.

The Brunner Farm is located in The Field open space in Broomfield and is a designated historic site. The farmhouse was moved to its current site, the former site of the Kozisek family, in 1998. It was restored as an example of a “typical farmhouse” to “establish a connection with our historical past and cultural values”.

The house is now used as a meeting place for several Broomfield groups, committees and non-profit organizations.

The gardens are always open and accessible to the public, and tours of the farm can be scheduled by appointment. Visit broomfield.org/103/Brunner-Farmhouse for more information.

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