“Pope” Coleman is an urban activist whose primary project of the last decade has been the reclamation, “greening,” and reopening of the historic Rothenberg Preparatory Academy in Over-the-Rhine. With support from the Over-the-Rhine Foundation, Pope worked to first save the school from the wrecking ball, and then to enlist Cincinnati Public Schools in embracing his vision for the Rothenberg Rooftop Teaching Garden. Because of his vision and efforts, these inner city children will experience their academic curriculum through the hands-on lens of garden learning for years to come.
Bryna is uniquely qualified with degrees in agriculture and education. Since 2010, she has served as a Service Learning Coordinator with Children Inc. In 2013, when the Rothenberg Preparatory Academy reopened, she added her current position as the first Program Director of the Rooftop Garden School.
Our Board is composed of community volunteers, professionals, and school parents
If I was a garden plant, I would be a… COLUMBINE FLOWER! They bloom in the spring and send up a mass of sweet flowers on slender stems. They produce beautiful black seeds that are scattered by the wind much like me – going whichever way the wind blows.
If I was a garden plant, I would be a… MUSHROOM! I’m a Mushroom because I’m creative, versatile and love hanging out in the woods.
If I was a garden plant, I would be a… BEET! I am a beet because I love to turn up the ‘beet’ with my vibrant personality, plant my roots in the earth, and my flavor totally changes with pickling.
If I was a garden plant, I would be … MINT! I am mint because I love variety, which is the spice of life (& mojitos)! Mint is also a hardy perennial that can weather through tough conditions to grow and flourish.
If I was a garden plant, I would be a … BLUEBERRY! I’m a blueberry because I range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy. Just like me, blueberries are low in calories, are the fruit of a shrub, are ripe from May through October, and are found throughout the world.
If I was a garden plant, I would be … RHUBARB! An ‘edgy’ veggie that blends well with strawberries; often overlooked yet always tasty! This veggie has a nice pink-green thing going on too!
If I was a garden plant, I would be a… TOMATO PLANT FLOWER! My favorite flower is the tiny yellow one that grows on a tomato plant and then buds into a tiny baby green sphere that eventually becomes practically a pumpkin of red deliciousness known as tomato.