OUR MISSION: The Tiny Farm at Kent Denver School is an outdoor educational teaching space offering hands-on learning opportunities and experiences in sustainability, land health, gardening, animal husbandry, land stewardship, and student wellness as it connects to the community and the Summer at KDS program.The Tiny Farm is located on the western edge of campus and features a beautiful organic garden, blooming orchard, and, during the summer months, chickens, goats, rabbits and a pony or two! Originally created to host a day camp for Summer at KDS, the Tiny Farm now inspires students, parents, alumni and members of the community to learn about sustainability, animal care, best-practice land use, gardening and community.
In the Summer of 2021, more than 400 students of all ages experienced day camp at the Tiny Farm. Partnerships with Breakthrough at Kent Denver and Colfax Community Network offered additional opportunities for students to participate in Tiny Farm camps and activities—programs we hope to expand in 2022.
During the School year. Kent Denver student groups such as the Tiny Farm Club and parent volunteers have supported and worked at the Tiny Farm. Teachers regularly use the Tiny Farm for class activities, independent study students have participated in farm-related projects and we are looking forward to building additional educational components and connections in the spring.
It is exciting to see what the Tiny Farm will bring to the Kent Denver and wider communities in 2022!
Recent Tiny Farm Activities
- Cider Pressing Party and Community Open House
- Upper School community service hours
- 6th Grade Elective
- Upper School Farm Club
- Fall Shutdown/Preparing for Next Summer
- Parent volunteer activities
- Food harvested and delivered to local food banks
Summer Director of Farm Education
After 31 years at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Michelle Totman retired from teaching mathematics and began looking for other ways to use her passion for teaching youth. This past summer, the opportunity to manage the Tiny Farm Summer Day camp was presented to her, and she found her second calling.
Tiny Farm Parent Leaders
Mary Caulkins, Karl Kister and Amanda Prager help coordinate Kent Denver parent and community volunteers at the Tiny Farm. You can find them clearing brush in the spring, tending the garden in the summer and pressing apples into cider in the fall! To find out how you and your family can volunteer, visit our Tiny Farm Sign Up!