At Tuesday’s meeting, Brighton City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement between Brighton and the Bromley Hishinuma Local Food Campus LLC. The approved public-private partnership will allow Bromley Hishinuma Local Foods Campus to operate the historic Bromley Koizuma-Hishinuma Farm for a five-year term.
The company plans to revive the farm as a multi-purpose destination, with an emphasis on growing crops, developing agricultural classes and hosting the community for a variety of ag-related activities. They also plan to host farm-to-table events, weddings, corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, chickens, beehives, and classes on gardening and agriculture at the site.
The City has owned the farmland since 2006 and worked for several years on an extensive rehabilitation of the buildings. Construction included structural and detail rehabilitation on the main house, the migrant worker house, the wash house, a barn, silo, metal granary and cistern, surrounding landscaping, new parking lot and fence construction. Construction finished in November 2016. Majority of the project was paid for by grants, predominantly from Adams County Open Space and the State Historic Fund.
The Farm was first purchased by rancher and former Colorado lawmaker Emmett Bromley in 1883 and later owned by the longtime farming Hishinuma and Koizuma families, who bought the property in 1947. The Hishinuma family eventually sold the land to a developer in 2006, and then the city purchased it soon after.
An open house for the community is tentatively scheduled for spring of 2017.
For questions, please contact Director of Parks and Recreation Gary Wardle at 303-655-2135.