The team here at the Chef’s Garden is as diverse as our plants. Our Team Members come from many walks of life, different parts of this community, this country, and from other countries around the globe. Many return each year - through good times and bad. They all enrich our small family farm, and become part of our extended family.
At the heart of every successful harvest is quality seed, so planting the appropriate seed is crucial in farming. That information is hard to dispute and it gives you a sense of the pivotal role Leslie G. Bott plays at The Chef’s Garden. She is the farm’s seed purchasing manager, which means she orders all of the seeds planted and plugs transplanted on the farm.
Imagine slithering through a plastic tunnel – outdoors, mind you – that’s eight feet tall and six feet wide. You’re slithering because it’s full of beets and carrots, and there is ice hanging from the top of the tunnel. If the ice breaks off, it could damage the crops you’ve worked so hard to grow. The truth is, even if you didn’t bump into the icicles and break them off, the blustery winter winds could do it for you. And, here’s one more catch. While in the tunnel, you also needed to figure out to oh-so-delicately harvest the crops.
When Tom Skrovan’s neighbors see him outside gardening, they typically ask the same question: “Don’t you get enough of the outdoors at work?” His answer? “Nope!”
We have been truly blessed with the opportunity to build some unbelievably special relationships with some of the most outstanding chefs in the world. In the midst of this hectic world, we wanted to stop and say thank you. You have given us the wind beneath our wings to survive and to do something amazing. Collectively, we have done something worthy and important. We are truly grateful for your friendship with each and every one of you. We thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to be part of your amazing teams.