The idea of a chef’s garden has always been alluring to me. I used to imagine a small patch of land cultivated for the growth of a few vegetables and herbs needed by a nearby restaurant. But what are the benefits of a chef’s garden? What’s exactly in a chef’s garden?
On a weekend trip to Big Sur in Northern California, I got the chance to visit a thriving chef’s garden in the Post Ranch Inn near Highway 1. It turns out that there are far more varieties of vegetables and herbs in a chef’s garden than I had always thought.
While talking to someone who worked on the chef’s garden, I was delighted to learn about the wonderful benefits of a chef’s garden.
As we can see, a chef’s garden produces fresh, organic vegetables, which translates to healthy, tasty food on the plate. Vegetables in a chef’s garden are naturally grown, which means that they are not synthetic or genetically modified. Produces from a chef’s garden do not go through commercialized food processing, which means that they do not have added chemicals. Providing safe, flavorful food is the biggest benefit of a chef’s garden.
Another reason why a chef’s garden is popular is that you can grow in your own garden a variety of specialty vegetables and herbs that you can not find on the shelves of grocery stores. A chef’s garden allows you to find your unique taste and grow your culinary imagination.
In addition, in a family farm garden like a chef’s garden, the traditional farming technique of continually replenishing soil is used. Such a practice replenishes nutrients depleted from the soil. By rebuilding soil naturally, this sustainable technique produces more nutritious and flavorful food than those produced by industrial farming.
The advantages of a chef’s garden also apply to a community farm or a neighborhood garden. In fact, a community farm or a neighborhood garden can generate more benefits than a chef’s garden because they exist for the sake of a larger population – a community. In addition to the above stated benefits, a community or neighborhood garden can provide an opportunity for the community to work together and thus keep the community closer. So, look around and see if you can find a community farm or neighborhood garden that you can pay a visit. I hope you’ll have as delightful an experience as mine.