From managing farmer’s markets to overseeing a historic farm, it’s all about meeting local food needs per co-owner and practicing attorney, Nathan Mudd. He and his wife, Kim, are passionate about Historic Bromley Farm as an example of how to produce healthy food locally and accessibly.
After searching for many years, the Mudds heard about the availability to operate the Bromley/Koizuma-Hishinuma Farm, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Established in 1883 by the Emmett Bromley family in Colorado’s agricultural belt, the Farm was later owned by the Koizuma and Hishinuma families in 1947 until the City of Brighton purchased it in 2006. After extensive upgrades to farm buildings plus the addition of public use amenities, the Farm officially reopened in 2017 under the management of the Mudds who hold a 10-year property lease.
In order to get Historic Bromley Farm up and running to provide food access and ag-related education as they envisioned, the Mudds needed financing. Following a referral from Adams County, they qualified for loans from Colorado Enterprise Fund’s (CEF) Healthy Food Fund and Adams County Microloan Fund.
“The Farm has been a passion project for a long time,” Nathan recalled. “It was also a risk to banks to be the first farm financed. Getting CEF’s support created a huge opportunity for volunteers to help on the Farm, as well as for us to launch events and educational services supporting the local food movement.”
The Mudds have worked to revive the farm as a multi-purpose destination, from growing crops with the Veterans to Farmers program and developing agricultural curriculum for local schools to hosting the community for a variety of fun farm activities that have become family traditions. They also created a nonprofit organization in 2018 to secure additional financial support for the Farm to support their social mission for its current and future use.
Plans for the future include leasing farm building space to small businesses at below market rates which Nathan anticipates will ultimately pay for itself, along with some onsite retail operations. “We’ve worked with different businesses in the local foods economy to find funding and found CEF has helped strengthen this space more than anything else in Colorado,” Nathan remarked. “CEF has a vested interest in pulling for companies to succeed. We really appreciate what its support has done for us.”