At The Chef’s Garden, we are committed to practicing sustainable farming techniques. The foundation of this philosophy is our soil, which we are continually replenishing with nutrients that are depleted over time in order to produce the most nutritionally dense vegetables possible. By replenishing our soil naturally and giving it the time it needs to do so, it delivers to us products of unrivaled quality and flavor.
We recognize and embrace traditional farming philosophies and techniques that have sustained our farmers for generations and since we recognize the profound importance of growing crops through a natural, environmentally friendly way, we are deeply committed to “growing vegetables slowly and gently, in full accord with nature.”
One of the ways that we revitalize our soil is to let it rest in fallow fields and by planting specific cover crops to enrich it with nutritionally-dense compost. Strong, healthy plants are able to naturally fend off weeds and insects which enables The Chef’s Garden to avoid the use of harmful pesticides and other chemicals that are commonly used by other farms to control them.
One analogy we use at the farm to explain conventional farming methods is to compare this to a mining process where soil is detrimentally depleted of vital nutrients and requires the introduction of damaging chemicals to rectify it. The organic farming methods we employ at The Chef’s Garden negates the need for chemicals and synthetic fertilizers, eliminating the need for harmful additives that find their way into our food. By implementing sustainable agricultural practices at the farm, we replenish our soil with vital, life-giving nutrients, resulting in hand-harvested products packed with extraordinary flavor, optimal nutritional profiles and a long shelf-life.
The Chef’s Garden’s mission is to shape and redefine sustainable agriculture in our country by creating a template that will attract, inspire and retain young farmers. Through our own farming practices and philosophy, we hope to encourage the next generation of farmers to value, protect and if necessary, restore America’s farmland in order to ensure that our fields continue to produce the safest, most nutritious and flavorful products possible. We hope that our legacy will be the establishment of a national farming model that ensures safe and sustainable growing practices that serve to protect and enrich the consumer for generations to come.