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.
Cathy Seamans was at a crossroads. Newly retired from teaching, she needed to “figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life.” And, when she saw that The Chef’s Garden was looking to hire a part time greenhouse assistant in 2005, she decided to apply. After all, what did she have to lose?
“Crop quality is important to fruit and vegetable growers, buyers, and handlers. Brix readings indicate soluble solids content. Since soluble solids represent a product's potential sweetness (an aspect of quality), Brix readings can interest many throughout the value chain. Three steps are required to make effective use of Brix readings: (1) obtain accurate representative values; (2) become familiar with other representative values for similar crops; and (3) if needed, adjust management practices according to how they may affect Brix values of your crops, using proven approaches.” (Ohio State University Extension)
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.
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.